As demanding as Jesus was, he repeatedly allowed his team to fail. Consider Peter, who walked on water until he took his eyes off Jesus and took a bath. [Or] … the time Jesus instructed his disciples to feed five thousand people with seven loaves and two fish (Matthew 14:13–21). It only took a moment for them to realize that this was an order their sandwich stand couldn’t fill … In spite of all these failures, and many others, Jesus never lost confidence in his men. One of the most powerful leadership lessons Jesus exemplified was the creation of a team environment where failure was routine. Excellence and failure are partners, not enemies. In fact, the only way to achieve excellence is through repeated failures.