To err is human; to forgive, divine. - Alexander Pope
Forgiveness is a gift that costs nothing.
There is tremendous power in forgiveness. We pardon mistakes or wrong choices of others as a means of growing, healing, learning and moving on. The power of forgiveness has long been documented. Think of the role it plays in self-esteem, interpersonal relations, philosophy, sports, child-rearing, education, and law. Forgiveness brings closure and resolution. Forgiveness frees us to make better choices next time.
So, where does forgiveness fit into training and leadership?
There is no greater learning opportunity than the chance to take a risk, or to make a decision that carries the risk of failing. When we provide a safe environment in which people can try, fail, and try again, we open up a world of learning opportunities.