The Regrets of Leadership
JUST FOR THOUGHT
Regret is something all people face, certaintly, at many points within their lives. Leadership regrets tend to encompass a full-scope of feelings concerning both personal and organizational doubts. Regrets can include (1) things we can control, and (2) things we cannot control. The best thing to do in the category of “things we can control” is analyze those areas that went wrong and learn from the mistakes of the past. The second category, “things we cannot control” is an important reason for journaling, which is crucial to leadership development. We tend to forget those things that are not our fault and take on personal blame. The responsibility leaders have create a stress of its own. Knowing you are a leader, of so many people and so many things, can seem daunting or overwhelming at times. Creating a balance of learning organizational control is key. Not everything that happens within the organization is the prevailing fault of leadership, sometimes misunderstandings happen, or things that just cannot be controled are the issue. Instead of living with regrets, move forward and live in the future. Realize what you can control and what you cannot control.