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Christina
8 June  2021 | 1 min read

Building a Culture that Builds Leaders - Celebrating Failure

How does your organization tackle the challenge of raising new leaders? Does your organization value leaders? Does it actively seek to improve them? A culture that does not drive toward actively developing leaders is actually working against you. If your organization isn’t encouraging volunteers to grow continually, you may unintentionally be keeping them stagnant. 

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be breaking down the best ways to build a culture that naturally builds leaders. Today, we’ll kick off the series with the idea of CELEBRATING FAILURE. Here’s how celebrating failures can help build a culture of leadership building in your organization.

Take the Fear Out of Risk. Creating a safe-to-fail environment allows potential leaders to stretch themselves and move beyond their current capabilities. Studies show that when people feel “psychologically safe” (meaning their coworkers won’t pound them if they fail), they are more inclined to take moderate risks, speak their minds, and be more creative. 

Actually Celebrate. Inc.com suggests creating a failed ideas “hall of fame”. Much like companies pay tribute to their proudest achievements, this highlights attempts that didn’t take off. It’s a great way to visually demonstrate that failure is not fatal. It shows your team that moving forward and learning from mistakes is not only acceptable but supported. 

Remember, our greatest asset in our organization is our people. As leaders, it’s our job to cultivate our volunteers and move them along their personal journey. We’ll discuss the other tips in the weeks to come, so if you haven’t already done so, make sure to subscribe to the blog. 

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