Marissa Mayer failed as Yahoo CEO.
By any economic measure, when Yahoo was acquired, the leader had failed. Here’s why we should celebrate her in the safety profession.
Because failing with character is OK. Succeeding with character feels better (and is widely acclaimed). Failure is always a part of the growth journey.
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
To celebrate success honestly, we must also embrace failure. If we’ve strived, led with character, held a vision and steered the ship with integrity, then come what may, we have done well.
In the safety profession, we will fail too. And we will succeed. (We know which one we want more.) But if we fear failure and freeze, then we never take the leaps necessary for our organizations to win. And we then become administrators. We run programs but never lead people.
So succeed. And fail. With courage and character.