Often times when an organization faces challenges, shortfalls and doesn’t live up to expectations… fingers start pointing everywhere. The finger pointing is a natural sign and symbol of trying to place the blame and figure things out. The finger pointing is often followed by pink slips, excuses and questions.
There is a timeless organizational principle that I like to live by and help the organizations that I coach to always take a hard look at. The principle is simply this:
“If your organization isn’t getting the desired results, look no farther than the leader.”
You can’t point as many fingers as you want, make more excuses than failure itself; however solutions can truly only be found by looking at the leader. Yes the team has to perform, but the leader is ultimately responsible for the strategy, hiring, firing and coaching of those team members.
If your organization is having challenges, look no farther than the leader for solutions.