“You can’t give blame until you take responsibility” ~ Craig Groeschel; Pastor, Life.Church
No one likes looking foolish, stupid, or like a failure. I think this is the primary reason people have a tendency to blame others or circumstances when something we’re responsible for doesn’t go as planned.
In an effort to avoid looking bad in front of others, we almost automatically seek to place the blame someplace, any place, other than on us. The paradox is that when we always place blame instead of taking responsibility, we actually do look bad in front of others, which is the very thing we’re trying to avoid.
What if the next time something we’re in charge of goes sideways, instead of choosing to place blame, we choose instead to not only take responsibility for the situation, but for its resolution as well?
From a leadership standpoint, this is the right thing to do. When we take responsibility for our results we are communicating to others that we care about the quality of our work, about our contribution, and that we can be counted on to follow through to a successful completion.
No one has ever looked foolish doing that.