Are you a blamer?

Unfortunately, the whole ideal of blaming others has become part of our culture. It is everywhere. It's in individuals, families, athletes, government and more.

In the  This Morning newsletter , Gordon Tredgold (founder and CEO of Leadership Principles) asks, "How do you know if you are a blamer?  You are a blamer if you are hesitant to accept any kind of responsibility for your actions or your choices if they lead to an unfavorable result. You are a blamer if you try to get out of a sticky situation by making it appear to be somebody else's fault." A great leader will always take ownership of results. When you blame others you give away your ability to solve the problem.

It is human nature to want to assign blame, and the blame game is easy to play. Unlike other games, the more often you play the blame game, the more you lose  Don't get mired in blame-based thinking, and you will gain respect from your chapter members. Exceptional leaders don't play the blame game; they understand that anything that happens on their watch is their responsibility whether they like it or not.    

It is up to you as a leader to set an example and instill in your members an ethic of problem-solving rather than one of finger-pointing. Your leadership will always rise when you rise up and do the right thing.  
Great leaders don't rush to blame. They instinctively look for solutions.
                                                              --- Nina Easton     

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