If, as a leader, you’re always making excuses for a reason something didn’t happen, OR if you’re blaming others when mistakes do happen that are clearly your responsibility, those you lead are not going to trust or respect you. It’s going to be that environment where they feel like they have to be careful about everything they say, that they’re walking on eggshells.
This behavior from a leader squashes collaboration, creativity, and innovation in any workplace.
That’s how a company dies, by the way – when those things die.
So, for the sake of those you lead and the organization in which you lead, I’m asking leaders everywhere to stop making excuses and to stop blaming.
Own up to your mistakes, and then find a way to fix them.