This comprehensive resource examines lessons from the private sector, provides case studies of "star" principals, and offers reflection questions for more effective application of leadership principles.

Credit Others, Accept the Blame

Credit others, accept the blame

The greatest ornament of an illustrious life is modesty and humility, which go a great way in the character even of the most exalted princes.

—Napoleon I, French emperor (1769–1821)

Collins’ (2001) Level 5 Executives talked about their companies and the contributions of others, but avoided discussion about the part they personally played. When things go well, they give credit to others; when things go badly, they accept the blame. Conversely, Collins studied comparison companies where the I-centric or charismatic self-interested style of the top leader led them to blame others for failures and credit themselves for success.

Some studies show that an I-centric or charismatic style is not necessarily a positive trait for educational leaders. Murphy (1988) ...

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