One of the hardest things to do in this world besides facing a heart-breaking situation is finding the courage to forgive. It is one of the greatest and the most difficult attributes granted to humans by God. Usually forgiveness is something associated with God, however, humans also have the capability to forgive. Moreover, the reason why forgiveness is so rare is that it a hard thing to do.
All the discussion regarding why it is so hard to forgive aside, the fact stands that forgiveness is one of the greatest human virtues. As hard it is to forgive, it is equally regarding different aspects and perspectives. In the lines below I shall discuss why promoting the culture of forgiveness in your business is important and how can it help you achieve success.
Lessens The Agony Of Disappointment:
To Err is human. Every business owner faces a situation sooner or later in their business when someone that they are working with makes some type of mistake that was not expected from him or her. When expectations are not met, the result is a disappointment. Therefore, being a disappointed boss is one of the worst moral and ethical situations you will ever be in. From there on, either you can go on and get mad at the person that you’re working with, or you can forgive them. It is a fact that with time even the greatest wounds heal, therefore, it is quite natural that if you forgive someone, with the passage of time the agony of disappointment will decrease, but if you hold a grudge against that person, you’ll never move forward in life. Ergo, to have a light mind in the long run and a grateful workforce (both of which are imperative to success) forgive when disappointed.
To be a great leader who is loved by all and who the workforce follows towards success, you have to empathize. You cannot possibly know about the limitations and constraints of the people you’re working with if you don’t have the spirit of empathizing with them. When you take the route of forgiving people, forgiveness does not take place instantly; rather, you empathize and then forgive. If you come across a mistake of someone, then you will create a scenario in which the mistake was made, you go into the mind of that person, think what he could have gone through, or what he would go through if you plan to penalize him. All this empathizing opens numerous perspectives in front of you, by doing so, you are not only able to forgive, but identify the reasons behind the mistake, which enable you to take corrective measures later on. Therefore, forgiveness increases your empathizing ability, which then results in a motivated workforce, consequently leading to a successful business.
Being the owner of the business, the way you think about yourself reflects on the whole organization. Therefore, if you feel more dignified about yourself, so will the people and the culture of the organization will also be a dignified one. What forgiving others makes you feel about yourself is dignified. If you notice a mistake by anyone, start by forgiving them, you earn their respect. Hence, if you are forgiving of the small mistakes of the people you work with, ultimately they would forgive each other’s mistake, which will boost a magnificent team spirit among the people you’re working with and will be a good starting base of success in any type of business. Therefore, to increase your dignity and have a dignified workforce, it is imperative that you promote a culture of forgiveness in your business.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -Mahatma Gandh
Now it’s Your Turn!
What do you think about the contribution of the culture of forgiveness in the success of a business? In what other ways can forgiveness help your business? Share any experience where forgiving helped you feel good whilst achieving your objective and I look forward to reading them!