Winners takes responsibility, losers blames others.
Bear Bryant, the legendary Alabama football coach, was once asked what was the key to his coaching success. He thought for a second and said, “When we win
I give them (the players) all the credit and when we lose I take all the blame.” He smiled and walked away. When things go wrong, great leaders take full
responsibility for the results. No excuses.
here is a small story to further elaborate this.
In one of Ronald Reagan’s cabinet meetings, General Colin Powell presented an idea he was passionate about. This discussion went on for about an hour with Reagan asking tough questions because he felt the proposal had flaws. In the end, however, he said, “Colin, it’s your call. If you think it will work, we’ll go for it.”
A few months later, however, Reagan was grilled at a news conference because the plan had failed miserably. One of the reporters asked the question, “Whose
idea was this; yours or someone else’s?” Reagan didn’t hesitate. He said, “I take full responsibility.” He then glanced at Powell sitting in the front row and saw tears welling in his eyes.
I guess you can see where I’m going with this. Bottom line, winners always thinks and agree that the things are all their own RESPONSIBILITY.
Remember, failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. That’s why successful leaders focus on responsibility over blame. Many people
want to wear the cloak of leadership, but remember, with it comes the burden of responsibility.