I really like to read the news. By reading the news I stay informed as to what is going on and am able to see trends before and as they happen. I like the stories about companies that are successful and those that are struggling because they teach me what works and what does not. I also see what companies do well and what they do that doesn’t work. Lately, I have seen a lot of leaders that are not willing to own up (take responsibility) when things go bad. I have also seen other leaders that own up when things go well even when they should not be the ones taking the credit.
Own Up For Your Actions!
I did not do extensive research, however, I found that many of the leaders of the struggling companies did not own up for what had happened. They each had a scapegoat because there was a chance the company would fail. In addition to the articles I read this week, I have found that many times the leaders of failing companies do all they can to pass the blame by saying it is not their fault. They are not willing to own up for where the company is going.
On the flip side, the leaders of successful companies are very quick to own up for all the success. They give themselves a pat on the back because THEY did such a good job directing the company. These leaders try to steal the credit for all the good that happens within their organization rather than give credit to those that really did the work.
Good leaders know when and how to own up for what happens. They give credit where it is due and accept the blame when they or their team messes up. As the leader, you have a great amount of responsibility when directing your organization. If you are going to be quick to take credit, it is important that you are also quick to take the blame.
As the leader, you are responsible for setting the standard for your organization. Regardless of whether you are a mid-level manager or a senior executive, you set the tone for those you lead. You create the system and determine how it is run. As the leader, it is important to own up when you make decisions no matter the outcome.
Have you had a leader that took all the credit for your success? And/or, have you had a leader that blamed you when things went wrong? How did their actions make you feel? Have you had a leader that took all the blame and passed all the credit to those who really deserved it? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!