It’s easy to blame others.

Especially when — in all likelihood — it was their fault.

But here’s the thing.

Nothing positive has ever come from blaming someone else. 

The person blamed gets pissed (even if they know you’re right). You look like a child, not a leader, to onlookers. And you might feel good proving it wasn’t your mistake, but the negative repercussions swiftly overshadow your “win.”

So, listen.

Take the blame.

Own it.

Let it lie with you.

Because, yes, it will build better relationships. But it’s also easier to clean up your own mess. So take the blame — put it all on you — and you’ll find it’s much faster to “clean up” than blaming it on anyone else.

-J