Your personal experience deeply affects everything you do including your leadership style and how you view your workplace. Here's what some smart people have to say about the subject.
Samuel Smiles: We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Douglas Adams: Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Ethel Barrymore: You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.
Iris Murdock: We can only learn to love by loving.
Pearl S. Buck: One faces the future with one's past.
How would you apply these ideas to your leadership style?