Facebook Facebook icon Twitter Twitter icon LinkedIn LinkedIn icon Email



Adapting, Innovating, and Learning from Failure, with Zhike Lei

13 February 2024 • by Zhike Lei in Podcasts

Zhike Lei discusses why senior staff need to adapt and play a visible role in driving engagement when failures occur...

Apple Google Spotify

When disaster strikes, or when goals are simply missed, blame often lands on the bosses. From CEOs to team leaders, the buck has to stop somewhere – and when it does, action needs to be taken.

But how should leaders approach failure?

Zhike Lei says leaders in both civil society and corporations tend to try and tackle problems alone. But this is not the best approach.

Effective failure management comes from tapping into the collective intelligence of a wider team. When businesses fail, says Lei, senior staff members of an organization need to play a visible role in driving engagement with others.

In this episode of ManagementCast, Lei talks about adapting, innovating, and learning from failure, and the central role of leadership.


Zhike Lei is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. She is an award-winning organizational scholar and an expert on psychological safety, team dynamics, organizational learning, error management, and patient safety.

Lei studies how organizations, teams, and employees adapt and learn in complex, time-pressured, consequence-laden environments. As a global management educator, she has taught executives and PhD, DBA, EMBA, and MBA candidates, as well as undergraduates, and has won numerous teaching awards and recognitions.

Listen to our new series

Learn Brain Circuits

Join us for daily exercises focusing on issues from team building to developing an actionable sustainability plan to personal development. Go on - they only take five minutes.
Read more 

Explore Leadership

What makes a great leader? Do you need charisma? How do you inspire your team? Our experts offer actionable insights through first-person narratives, behind-the-scenes interviews and The Help Desk.
Read more

Join Membership

Log in here to join in the conversation with the I by IMD community. Your subscription grants you access to the quarterly magazine plus daily articles, videos, podcasts and learning exercises.
Sign up

Log in or register to enjoy the full experience

Explore first person business intelligence from top minds curated for a global executive audience