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Leaders Give Away All The Credit and Accepts All The Blame

It's easy for some people to point the finger when things go wrong but take all the credit when things right.

When you are in leadership, you don't have that luxury. True leaders pull the thumb before they point the finger, according to Ron Gibori. They take responsibility... for EVERYTHING. They turn each misstep into an opportunity to learn from the mistake instead of pointing figures: they pull the thumb and ask themselves, "what could I have done differently?" They find a lesson while others only see a problem. They privately address their subordinates' mistakes with them but take the blame publicly without dissent. If someone slipped up, they pick them up; they don't point the finger and pass the blame.

It is amazing how much can be accomplished when no one is concerned about who gets the credit. An unselfish team starts with a leader who gives away the credit when things go well and accept the blame when they don’t.

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The quote implies a leader should have times when they DO take credit... but there would be a whole separate set of values around that advice.


Darren A. Smith
Darren A. Smith
Mar 25, 2021

I found myself nodding

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