Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Leaders Take Blame

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"Leaders take blame" is something I first heard roughly 15 years ago when I attended my first MLM Leadership seminar. While I've applied the principle for myself, it's not until recently that I've had to extend its reach to someone else's mistake and understood the reasoning behind it.

"In youth we learn; in age we understand."
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

I'm at a point in my career where I have more work than I can reasonably do on any given day. Lately, this has become a problem due to competing priorities; when I work on one thing, the other thing doesn't get done until I have time to do it. 
To remedy this situation, I've started delegating some of these important task unto other people and this is how I learned the importance of taking the blame from someone else's mistakes. If I discourage people when they make mistakes, then I'm going to be stuck doing these tasks on my own - forever. If I want other people to step up and take up things off of my plate then I must create an environment to allow them to grow.

By taking the blame, I've allowed people to be more courageous than they normally would of been which translate to them taking ownership of the tasks.

If you're fighting for a goal bigger than you then you need a team to support you. Leaders take the blame indeed...

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