Leadership Habit 8 – Take the Blame

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Leadership Habit Number 8 Take the Blame - Mike Malatesta - Ownershift Coaching

I believe leadership habit 8 is to take the blame. A Leader takes the blame.  As a Leader, it’s always your fault – unless you’re a politician of course and then it’s always some other person’s fault, which seems like a Leadership paradox, but I digress.  

As I see it, if you’re a Leader and you’re not willing to take responsibility for what happens under your watch, you’re in the wrong position.  Sure, you may not have been the person who made the mistake, or did whatever wasn’t supposed to be done, but that doesn’t mean you’re not responsible.  

We burned down a plant.  

I didn’t set the fire, but it was my fault because there were things I could have / should have done – or made sure were done – but did not.  

My Fault.

We contaminated our plant with a nasty toxin that caused us to shut down for a time – and a lot of other painful harm.  

Sure, I didn’t bring the material in myself, but I knew there was a risk – that this thing getting into the plant was at least possible and that it had ruined other companies that had let it in – and still I didn’t provide the tools and policies necessary to detect and prevent the toxin from coming in.  

My Fault.  

It would have been easy for me to blame someone else for these things – and a lot more things that went terribly wrong over the years – but it also would have been weak and wrong.  

It grates me when I hear a Leader blame someone else for something that went wrong on their watch.  I wonder to myself, nice story, but who does that help? 

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It also comes down to the execution of what it takes.  To the doing of what it takes. To the habits of what it takes.  Read all my 10 leadership habits here.

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