“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” 
- Robert Kennedy

As year-end approaches, I look back and reflect on what I accomplished. But my mind also replays the mistakes – what I should have done or said. I must remind myself that these missteps and even failures are the seeds for a continual path of learning and self- improvement. It’s the story of two steps forward and one step backwards. It’s progress, but this path requires risks that may sometimes lead to failures. But as the adage goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained.  

And speaking of mistakes, conscientious leaders in the workplace recognize our staff members sometimes screw up. But rather than punish them, it is generally best to allow them to reflect and gain experience –growing personally and professionally through their errors. Finally, as leaders, it is often hard to admit our own mistakes and failures. To quickly say, “I messed up,” “I made the wrong call,” or “I was wrong” is difficult. Yet, showing vulnerability to staff and colleagues, is a lesson in humility. By admitting and sharing failures, we can create a culture of trust – a cornerstone of every conscientious organization.