What I Learned | Leadership Leads With Less
The Blame Game
You may hear me regularly reference whichever of three books I might be reading from at any one time. This week Russell Simmons’ “Do You” has me celebrating his Law of Success messages. Russell identified how awareness of his own weakness leveraged leadership over fear at his Def Jam Empire once he was able to give voice to mistakes and blunders openly with his team members as their leader. Humorously, Simmons teaches that those you lead already know you messed up, so get out of your own way by openly recognizing having hit a wall and not holding onto the mistake or passing the blame onto someone else.
Learn from Mistakes
Years ago I owned and managed a professional window cleaning service. One day an employee accidentally damaged a customer’s high-end window screens while transporting them between cleaning sites. That was one of the hardest early leadership lessons. I chose to man-up and confess to the homeowner her screens had been severely damaged without passing the blame. Fully accepting responsibility for correcting the problem isn’t an easy task. But, by focusing on the goal of leading with integrity and an ability to take more of the blame you create lifelong learning experiences from mistakes.
Take Less Credit
Paying attention to missteps has brought me to conclude that one characteristic of highly effective leadership demonstrates a genuine quality for taking less credit for success. People want to feel needed and heart felt appreciation leads to more productivity. Pass whatever available credit there maybe onto those that help you get there. Learn from the wisdom of leadership expert John Maxwell, “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.”
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