Will to Win vs. Fear of Failure

There is no doubt how valuable engaged employees are today. Many companies are striving to build cultures of engagement wherein employees feel confident and comfortable taking calculated risks to improve the performance of the company. To build this type of culture, there is a simple formula:

In order to promote high levels of engagement, you must have employees who have a Will to Win; who are committed to the company, have passion for what they are doing, and are willing to go the extra mile.

However, this Will to Win is in direct connection with employees’ Fear of Failure. If employees are afraid to take chances or give their advice or opinion, if they feel uncertain or insecure in their roles, if they don’t trust what they are told from their leaders or aren’t given good reasons to do certain things their Will to Win will be reduced and the culture will suffer.

When the culture promotes strong levels of engagement, employees are able to handle stress and change better, are confident in themselves to take more initiative, are more willing to put in extra time and energy, and work together to reach goals and resolve issues. It is the leaders’ jobs to create an environment that empowers the team to take the lead and act in the best interests of the organization.

When people have to protect themselves from each other the whole organization suffers. But when trust and cooperation thrive internally, we pull together and the whole organization grows as a result. This is when people become engaged with both their heads and hearts.