We find out who we are when we confront a moment of truth. Facing our weaknesses and frailties is often difficult because we don’t want to admit that we need to improve. This is especially true when we already have been placed in a role of authority or leadership. It is even more threatening when one is young and hesitant to look like they are not fully in control of their circumstances.
John Dewey said, “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”
In this episode of The Spirit of Leading, I offer an audio version of chapter 1 of the first book in my leadership series, Marcus Winn’s Moment of Truth. See full book description here.
Many leaders find themselves in situations similar to the one Marcus faced on a Friday morning in October. He was trying as hard as he could to prove himself in his new leadership role, and he was on the verge of failing, but he could not see it from where he stood. His moment of truth came abruptly. Now, he had to work through all the emotions that go with it and find a way to recover. Could he?