Absorb Blame, Deflect Praise

If a project is behind schedule, I don’t start pointing fingers and blaming others, I take the blame and figure out what I can do better. Even if it wasn’t my fault, there’s always some thing I could’ve done.

If a feature we release is successful, then I don’t take credit because it was a team effort. I deflect praise to the rest of the team.

While absorbing praise and reflecting blame requires sacrifice in the short term. It’s the hallmark of accountability and great leadership and builds trusts and credibility over time.

April 4, 2023

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