Four Steps to Avoid the Blame Game as a Leader

It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.”
1 Chronicles 15:13 NIV

Only few people will drop a leadership position offered to them, most people desire to lead. There are stages in life you get to where you automatically become a leader; a grown up man who decides to get married and have children, a graduate who gets employed in an organization as a senior personnel e.t.c. As much as leadership position puts the leader in a position to direct and lead people to achieve a particular or set of goals, it comes with great responsibilities. This reminds me of the movie SPIDER MAN “With great powers come great responsibilities”.

One thing every human commits either as a follower or leader is to fail or make mistake at some point with the exception of Jesus who is our perfect example. Only few leaders will admit their mistake or error. Often times, you find some leaders transferring their blame on others.

David had a good intention in 1 Chronicles 13:3 when he said “let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of it during the reign of Saul”. Note that he didn’t even say Saul did not inquire of it during his reign. Rather he used the word WE. This is a good leadership quality.

Now it’s gets more interesting. The above scriptural reference showed that David made a great mistake in verse 7 “They moved the ark of God from Abinadab’s house on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it”. This was against God’s instruction in Deuteronomy 10:8 “… the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD…” Rather than David to trade blames for the death of Uzzah when God’s wrath broke out against them, he again demonstrated this great leadership quality by his statement. “We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.” Note again the word WE.

As a leader, there is the temptation to vindicate one’s self and blame others for what happens during your watch. Falling for such temptation shows that such a leader has failed and is not fit to lead. The following are steps to overcome such situation.

  1. Take responsibility for what has happened under your watch.
  2. Identify the areas you have failed and work on it.
  3. Where you need expertise, don’t fail to consult. David had to consult the Levites who were the right people for the job.
  4. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that you failed. You have only failed when you refuse to try again differently.

Author: Oyedeji Johnson

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