Leaders: 4 Reasons Why You Should Take the Blame for Your Team’s Mistakes

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Although it is something we hate to admit, our teams aren’t as perfect as we would like to believe. Every once in a while, our teams will run into a mistake or two.

For the most part, these mistakes are easy to manage and take care of, but when it comes to stating who is to blame, it’s easy to get into trouble.

As a leader, it is essential that you understand the impact of blame, which is why today, we are going to go over four reasons why you should take the blame for your team’s mistakes. Take a look below:

  • It creates trust. First and foremost, taking the blame for your team’s mistakes is essential to creating trust between you and them. Never take to yelling at them for what they’ve done, especially in front of others.

    Scolding your team is a poor way of dealing with the problem and does nothing to actually remedy the situation. And, as a result, it can end up making your team feel like they can’t go to you when a problem arises, potentially leading to bigger problems.

  • Your team is your responsibility. You were promoted into the leadership position because those above you saw that you possessed the skills to manage others. As such, whatever your team does should ultimately fall on you. You advise your team on most of the decisions they make, so it should probably go without saying that when they make a mistake, you may be just as guilty as they are.
  • You are the middle man. Because of your position, you also act as the connection between your team and the higher-ups. Since you most likely have a better standing with those above you, it only makes sense that you handle whatever mistakes your team makes.
  • It shows great leadership. Above all, shouldering the blame of your team is a sign of a great leader. As Forbes contributor Ekaterina Walter points out, “If there is a blame to be had, great leaders take it on. If there is a credit to be given, they give it away to others.”

Leadership is about leading people towards success, not about throwing them under the bus, so make it a habit “to take one for the team.” Doing so can make a world of difference in how they, and others, will perceive you as a leader.

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