Three reasons you should accept the blame when guilty
Most people don’t like to take their share of blame when things go wrong. When there is a fault somewhere, it means someone didn’t do something right; therefore, should be held responsible.
A failed project is bad enough. Things could get worse when those responsible for it refuse to take the blame.
When people repeat the same mistakes, it can be traced to their defensive nature of not wanting to be held responsible even when they are wrong. Taking the blame when you’re guilty for a failed process reveals the leadership qualities in you.
As a leader if you refuse to take responsibility for your failure, you are likely to make the same mistake.
Arnold H. Glasow an American author was of the view: “A good leader takes a little share of his blame, a little less than his share of the credit.”
If as a leader you take the credit when you succeed, and when you fail, you find people to blame, then you are not a leader.
After extensive research, I found that successful leaders take little share of the blame because:
They learn how to do it better
Understanding how to do things faster and cheaper doesn’t just happen. This comes with a cost of several times of trying.
As you try to discover new ways of doing things mistakes are inevitable. Such mistakes tell you how not to do it. This helps you get better.
They redefine the process
A leader’s competitive edge is to understand any project more than his followers. He is saddled with the responsibility of explaining the process to them.
When the process is not working, he takes time to redefine the process for optimum result.
Successful leaders understand that if they go wrong in trying some new ideas, it is an opportunity for them to do it better the next time.
It’s one clear attribute of a leader
Leaders are like forerunners, they clear the path for others to follow.
How do they do this?
They do this by taking every responsibility, including the blame for failed projects.
Leaders do not argue or pass the blame to someone else when it is clear they are guilty. They accept their mistakes, take their share of blame and then learn lessons from it.
Leadership isn’t a title, it’s a responsibility to think, act and lead in a different way.
“It makes one a better person to have had hardships and to have overcome hardships and not to blame anybody else for your mistakes.” – Maureen Forrester