As a Leader, it is always your fault !!! April 16th, 2013

Vinod Kumar

I have written couple of posts on Leadership and management before over the blogs. In this blog post, let me take a different dimension to leadership and how I have seen people mistakes passing the buck when things go wrong. All I have to say to them is, STAND UP and OWN IT – aren’t you the much touted leader of your team?

As I said before, Leaders is someone who owns and *leads* the way for others to follow. Whenever you see someone taking a backseat and saying you did something wrong, well you surely have an attitude to deal with.

Never say, "oops."  Always say, "Ah, interesting."

IT is your fault – IF …

  1. … your team doesn’t get along with you.
  2. … your team misses the sales target.
  3. … people always take advantage of you.
  4. … you cannot control / moderate the conversations within the team.
  5. … your teams culture needs improvement or below par.
  6. … your team is not motivated enough to work harder.
  7. … employees do what they are directed and fail to execute out-of-box.
  8. … you are not respected. This needs to be earned.
  9. … your subordinates fail to understand you and don’t listen to you.
  10. … people need to know about you in the industry being a leader.
  11. … your self-confidence is low.
  12. … you don’t believe your team can succeed.
  13. … you cannot influence the leadership team to defend your team.
  14. … people give up even before giving their 100%.
  15. … you are not there when the team needs you.

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one – Elbert Hubbard

Parting words

It takes courage and confidence to stand up and accept failures. No one succeeded sitting on the sidelines. So as a leader, you need to show and guide your team in reaching the desired goal. Make new paths and don’t get stereotyped in your approach by what others have done.

Final words, look into what you could have done better rather than just finding faults with people around you. You are likely to have greater control to the situation which involves you. First, accept it was your fault in first place :). Be a leader, earn your respect.

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10 Responses to “As a Leader, it is always your fault !!!”

  1. Meena Kumari S says:

    Hi Anna, this is really nice blog. I liked that “Never say, “oops.” Always say, “Ah, interesting.”” attitude. You have given a positive approach on how to face mistakes with strong ownership but in interesting way :).

  2. Himanshu Agnihotri says:

    Yes.Very true. Leaders lead from the front. For the job well done it is the team and if we fail I as a leader has failed to deliver goods. Nice article Sir.

  3. Devi Prasad says:

    This is a great blogpost!!

  4. Anish Shenoy says:

    Nice one sir. Loved the quote “Never say, “oops.” Always say, “Ah, interesting.””.

    I always say that to myself when i find out new things when i do errors.

  5. SIJIN KUMAR V P says:

    Helpful checklists…
    Also so happy that the posts are coming daily…:-)

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