Chances are, your hand is NOT up. If it is, kudos. You might be the first person ever to not make a mistake on the job. Most of us do, especially in the early days of leadership, but even leaders who have been at for a long time slip up. They make bad personnel decisions, act without thinking, jump to conclusions, lash out at the wrong people, bet on the wrong projects and more. We believe everybody (even those people who raised their hands) makes mistakes.
The best leaders aren’t mistake-free. The best leaders learn from their mistakes. They make them and figure out a way to avoid them again or how to become stronger as a result of them. The key to that, however, starts by being able to let go of your mistakes when you do make them. That is usually the hard part.
As a new leader, you are so determined to excel, to impress your boss, and to earn the respect of your employees and peers. The fear that a mistake makes you look incompetent, unintelligent or weak can drive you to obsess over it. Dwelling on your mistakes, however, keeps you from learning from them and moving forward.
So how do you move forward? NetCredit put together this outstanding infographic that offers best practices for getting over your mistakes and finding something positive in them.