It’s second nature to pass the blame when a problem arises. Generally business decisions are made collaboratively, so if something goes wrong it may not necessarily be one individual’s error. However, as a manager or as an entry level employee striving to climb the ladder, it is essential that you accept responsibility and take the blame, regardless of whether or not it truly was your fault. As a leader, owning up to company mistakes will cause you to be more respected and approachable. It will also trigger a contagious response of all employees admitting their own mistakes. If responsibilities are shirked, then corrective actions may be delayed or avoided, inhibiting learning.
Have you owned up to company mistakes, even if they weren’t your fault?