Great leaders are different in subtle ways. They present themselves differently, ask questions others don’t ask, and balance short and long-term goals masterfully. Perhaps most distinctive about them is the view they have about responsibility. Over the course of their lives, they have created an
Recently finished up the book Extreme Ownership and "Developing an Ethic of Accountability" is exactly what Extreme Ownership is all about. It's sometimes tough to take on all the responsibility when things don't go as planned and other moving parts are to blame, but as a leader you have to step up accept it.
Back in the day, my high school coach told us “we point the thumb, not the finger” to get across a similar idea. He’d often bark “only thumb guys on this team” to reinforce the message, especially if we were casting blame. In my experience this behavior or ethic of taking accountability breeds respect and credibility amongst both the “followers” and “superiors” of the leader. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is a good book on this theme. If you have 15 minutes, Jocko Willink’s Ted talk provides a great example of the ethic of accountability in action.
Some solid points are made.
We certainly must, do what we can to take ownership and responsibility in our lives. What I have learned in work though is to take accountability for what is in your sphere of influence/experience. A balanced approach is imperative. A lot of the poor outcomes are simply cause and effect of decisions made by disconnected and/or carefree higher ups. That has nothing to do with a lot of the lower level people. If one is taking responsibility for what is literally not their job, that is foolish. It is, however, a great way to boost the ego, make yourself the scapegoat, appear delusional, etc..There's a reason TEMPERENCE is a virtue.
The more that is practiced the better off we'll be (my personal thoughts).
As always thank you for your time.