Before you blame someone else. Before you blame the market. Before you blame the economy. Before you give all the reasons why someone or something else was at fault, my favorite trait of top leaders, is their ability to blame themselves first.
Introspection – is the examination of your own contribution to the problem.
The next time you lose a customer, or a project doesn’t get done on time, or you’ve frustrated a team member, or you’ve missed a goal- before you blame anyone else or something else- see how you could have done better yourself. Dig in. What could you have done differently?
Imagine how much stronger you’d be in business if you regularly examined your own successes and failures- and tried to learn from yourself first. Perhaps you don’t need to read as many business books, or listen to as many podcasts, and you could learn more from yourself than anyone else.