1. See failure as a reality and not a crush. A leader must never live in denial but be courageous enough to talk about adverse conditions and failures they have encountered. In doing that, they must isolate failure as an event and insulate it from other events of their lives. A failure usually come up in one area and does not cover your entire life. Failure in business is not equivalent to marital failure. Academic failure is not the same as failing as a singer or an artist. To bounce back, a leader must see failure as one reality that happens but must move on and not allow the experience to crush them. They must focus on their strength and draw inspiration from past victories in order to face the future with renewed determination.
  2. Believe that success and failures are opposites but not equal. Success and failure are opposites, but the weight of failure and success are not the same. Everyone, including business leaders, desires success but failure sometimes show up. Success is a milestone and the attitude many people adopt is to celebrate it and optimize its presence. Success lifts the soul and spirit of everyone, put smiles in our faces and turn the successful to become instant celebrities. Success attracts friends and foes alike and comes with fame. The impact of success is far higher than failure. Every leader must bear this picture ahead of them and hence get motivated to bounce back from failure. Failure is cold, lonely and sickening. Success is a better option than failure anytime, every time.
  3. Always be grateful for what you have. One great secret of bouncing back from failure is learning to count your blessings, to count what remains after every storm, and express your personal gratitude for them. Counting what remains means that not everything has been lost. Being grateful for what remains means that life is worth living anyway. Fighting to keep what you have not lost will help you bounce back and recover from the things you have lost.
  4. Engage in damage control. Leaders are builders, not destroyers. They are enhancers, multipliers and facilitators of orientation and results. In doing that, they put in place various damage prevention and control measures through anticipation, planning and control instruments to ensure quality, integrity and the right atmosphere of peace to thrive.


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