"I messed up" – the words of a leader
“I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation.”
Notice he didn’t say “We messed up.” Nope – it was “I”.
There is so much talk today about holding corporations and executives accountable. Although that accountability is often focused on criminal behavior, or just overall horrible performance, there is plenty leaders do to hold themselves accountable. And they don’t have to fire themselves for that to happen.
There are a few phrases that I think leaders can use that are powerful. One is “I don’t know.” The other, and perhaps the most powerful, is:
“It’s my fault.”
Do you hold yourself accountable? Do you accept responsibility? And do you have someone around you to help you recognize when you should?