If a project is your responsibility, wouldn’t the logical conclusion be that if something goes wrong you’re responsible?
I am a big believer that if the buck stops with you then it’s important to assume complete responsibility for any failures within the project.
Maybe it wasn’t directly your fault, but being a leader requires taking a hit every once in a while.
This project failed at this point.
I am the leader of this project.
Therefore, I have to step up and say, “This is directly or indirectly my fault.”
Just say it!
Don’t say, “Well, anything can happen and I did my best and I tried….”
“I assume responsibility for this failure and here is how my team is dealing with it.”
Playing hot potato with the blame will not move the team forward.
To me, being able to say, “This is my fault” is a good indication that someone is ready to be a leader.
Leaders don’t only take the credit when things are successful. I call those kind of leaders Glory Hogs.
As a leader, your team is looking at how you handle failure.
If you cannot assume responsibility for mistakes, don’t be surprised when your team hesitates to assume responsibility for their mistakes.