Playing The Blame Game

First rule of leadership – don’t play the blame game! As a leader you need to be able to take responsibility, and accept full credit or blame for whatever occurs within your organization. Yes, sometimes you need to assess a situation, and make changes according to the actions that were taken by others. And, sometimes others may share in the credit or blame, but it all comes back to the leader, ultimately.

This brings me to mention those popular, but questionable role models, Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump. It seems the feud persists.  Now, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka has joined in the frey. In an effort to support her father, she is blaming Rosie for starting it first. Headlines blaring, “Trump’s Daughter Says Rosie Started Feud” are not really the best publicity for Trump’s organization. No matter who started it, a smart leader would deflect the immature “He/she started it!” and find a way to end it.

Of course, celebrity leaders like headlines and air time, even if the press is negative. Good business leaders and community leaders should know otherwise. When you encounter a problem between two individuals or differing factions it usually doesn’t matter who started it. More importantly who is going to resolve things – and how.

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3 comments so far

  1. Scot Herrick on

    Or…this is perfectly logical. Neither Rosie or Donald want the feud to end because it increases publicity for each of their causes.

    But, yes, I agree, in the real world, you are absolutely correct: good business leaders and community leaders should know otherwise.

    And if one is serious about all this, the corollary is to not escalate. But both did, so its not about the feud, it is about the publicity.

    Nice post.

    Scot

  2. francies on

    Thanks, Scot!

    Escalate – that’s a good word. Makes me think about how blame often leads to confrontation, and only clouds the issue at hand.
    Confrontation versus resolution. Have to put that in my notes for future discussion 🙂

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