Dealing With Rejection

Dealing With Rejection

  • February 16, 2022

Rejection is on of life’s inevitable experiences and it stings like a bi***!


When ambitious people meet rejection, it can be heartbreaking, demotivating and throw them into an existential crisis mode. Am I in the right place? Should I be doing this? Should I give up? Am I good enough?


Leaders have to learn how to handle rejection in a role-modelling way. Not only should your employees be encouraged by the way that you handle rejection, but you should also be embedding an accepting outlook toward rejection within every single one of your employees.


Here are 8 ways to handle and help your team handle rejection:


  1. Venting – Allow yourself/your employees to express their feelings and how this has made you/them feel
  2. Fuel to fire – Use the rejection as fuel to your fire. Make it a challenge to turn the rejection around by not giving up
  3. Take a breather – It’s not a nice feeling to be rejected, so take a moment to clear your thoughts and breathe
  4. Never say never – Remember that rejection doesn’t mean never, it just means not right now
  5. Self confirmation – Confirm with yourself that you did your best with the knowledge and experience you had
  6. What can you learn – Ask for constructive feedback and apply the learning for next time
  7. Don’t forget your successes – This might not have been one of them, but there are plenty other successes in your story
  8. Keep your day moving forward – Try not to let rejection stop you in your tracks, move forward and try again when ready


Remember that rejection is redirection, and sometimes it’s for the better.



Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson