I came across this quote the other day, and it makes a great point about leadership. Read it, and take a moment to think about what it means. Does that seem a little unfair to you? It is unfair– but that’s the point.
Some people think that being a leader means you take all the glory for the victories, but that failures must be somebody else’s fault. You can still be a leader and have this mindset, but you’d be a terrible leader; not a good leader.
To be a good leader, you really do have to follow this advice. Even if a failure truly was someone else’s fault, you have to hold yourself accountable. Leaders have the responsibility of surrounding themselves with the right people, and also of keeping an eye on them.
When something goes right, you have to share the credit with everybody, or else you go from leading them to taking advantage of them. So the next time you find yourself in a position of great failure or success, remember this quote. Remind yourself that you didn’t become a leader so you could look good– you became a leader so you could make a difference in the lives of others.