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“The blame game is a waste of time. Any time you’re busy fixing blame, you’re wasting energy and not fixing the problem.”

-Rick Warren

No matter how much we want it to be, life is not always going to be peachy. Problems can and will eventually happen. When things go sideways, attack the problem and find the solution. Don’t waste time pointing fingers. It’s a waste of time and resources. Playing the blame game does not work and never will. However, we are still doing it either knowingly or unknowingly. It’s part of our nature as human beings. Blaming others for our mistakes is a mental defense mechanism. When we make mistakes, we feel mostly negative emotions. In order to get rid of those emotions, our brain automatically looks for someone else to blame to get rid of those bad feelings. Blaming might be part of our nature but that does not mean we can’t control it. Stop playing the blame game and succeed in both your professional and personal life.

Blaming is contagious. That is why it is essential for any competent organisation to build a culture of accountability if they ever hope to succeed. Here are a few practices you can do to help bring a sense of accountability to your company.

Own Your Mistakes

One of the reasons why people blame others is to preserve their self-image. No one wants to be seen as incompetent or a failure, especially as a leader. However, people in leadership positions tend to forget that owning up to their mistakes, while hard, will gain them the respect and loyalty of their team. Just like blaming, being accountable is also contagious. You want your staff to be more responsible? Show them how it’s done. Resist the urge to pass the blame and own up to your missteps. Blaming others is the easy way out and we all know that success does not come easy.

You Might Have Contributed To The Problem

Admitting that you might have played a part in creating the problem takes more courage than owning up to your mistakes. As a leader, everything goes through you, and when a problem or mistake occurs, you might have something to do with it. You might not have caused it directly but carefully examine the situation and see what your lapses were. Doing so not only builds a culture of accountability but also strengthens teamwork. It’s everyone’s mistake and will take everyone to fix it.