Making excuses benefits no one. Neither does dwelling on past mistakes, passing blame, and wasting precious time by focusing on a problem. Transform your mistakes into a learning process so you can prevent them from recurring. Simply accept responsibility, provide solutions, and redirect the business towards achieving its overall goals.
Behind every successful leader is a team of associates with one goal in mind - ensuring the others succeed. Whether you’re the CEO, manager, or junior associate, focus on the team members in your direct chain of command. You might make sure a hard-working subordinate gets the limelight they deserve, but do you focus on making your manager more successful, too?
No matter what stage you’re at in your career, you can always benefit from mentorship. Whether you’re a recent college graduate or an experienced CEO, you can always learn more from someone who has been where you are. The value of mentorship is often undervalued. However, there’s power in having a mentor who is able to present a differing point of view and can relay leadership strategies in a hands-on setting.
Leverage your own experience by mentoring someone who can benefit from it. Think of the men and women who have helped you along your journey, and then look around you and find someone who could use that same level of support. Maybe it’s a business colleague, or someone who’s a little bit behind you. Whoever it is, find them and show them what you know. Help them avoid the same mistakes you made. It’s the best way to learn.