Employer & Recruiter Tip INSPIRE STAFF BY ACCEPTING BLAME Mark Swartz, Career Coach
1 . WHY ACCEPT MORE BLAME AND SHARE MORE CREDIT?
1. YOUR STYLE: BRAGGER OR LEADER Taking credit, doling out blame. It’s a bit of a juggling act. As a Manager, do you tend to hog the limelight when things run smoothly but point fingers as soon as the ball drops?
To inspire your employees, try shouldering more blame and sharing more credit. This may seem a little counterintuitive at
first: doesn’t it reveal to others that you’re less than perfect?
In some ways it does. However it can also gains you the respect of your team. And shows the higher ups that you have leadership qualities above and beyond the norm
2 . YOUR STYLE: BRAGGER OR LEADER
2. YOUR STYLE: BRAGGER OR LEADER Braggerstake the majority of credit for their team’s accomplishments. They believe this impresses the higher ups. Braggers will also be first to lay the blame for problems on someone other than themselves. It this puts an individual team member – or everyone else but the Bragger – in an unfavourable light, at least the Bragger comes out smelling like roses. Or so the thinking goes
Leaders, on the other hand, take less credit and accept more of the blame. From their perspective they are being the bigger person: it shows humility admitting personal responsibility for their team’s errors; and demonstrates self-confidence when highlighting their team’s role in triumphs
3. HOW TO BE MORE OF A LEADER Leadershave a more difficult job than Braggers. As a Leader, you should be…
Coaching and mentoring your staff so that each one has a better chance of meeting goals and deadlines
Providing training and development where needed so that your people can increase their skills and knowledge, which gives them a better chance of rising up the ranks (and risking that one of them may overshadow you one day)
Surrounding yourself with the best workers possible, rather than subordinates you can easily dominate