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The boots of failure are made for walking: Investigation of the bright facet of failure as a learning spiral
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

While studying leadership people look for the examples of great success trying to set up a formula and answer the question: ‘How can a person become a leader?’ Nevertheless, failures have a great value for the learning and development process. In a leadership journey both leaders and followers face a lot of challenges, which might end up in a failure. This is a crucial moment that decides what way a person is going to take.

The perception of failure influences a perspective that an individual takes towards an issue. That is why it is vital to develop the knowledge about failures, specifically the factors influencing failure perception and ways of treating failures in business and life. That is to say, it is important to create a learning environment. The aim of this master thesis is to investigate the bright facet of failure as a trigger to resiliency and as a learning spiral. Data for the research is obtained through the survey and interviews with people of three categories: followers, leaders and ‘professions sensitive to failures’. The research concludes that there are certain factors in the organizational environment that might create a vicious circle of failure and while creating a learning environment leaders should focus on the empowering factors discovered through the interviews with people of professions sensitive to failures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
leadership, failures, failure perception, learning environment
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53362OAI: diva2:935583
Subject / course
Business Administration - Organization Leadership
Educational program
Leadership and Management in International Context, Master Programme, 60 credits
2016-05-24, Ny204K, 09:00 (English)
Available from: 2016-06-13 Created: 2016-06-11 Last updated: 2016-06-13Bibliographically approved

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