True Leaders Take Less of the Credit and More of the Blame

Terry Paulson

Leadership humility is often described as strength with gentleness and an appreciation for the value of each individual you work with. Talked a little bit about some of the current presidents we’ve had and some of the challenges they face in being a good leader.

But one leader that got a lot of recognition in his ability to work across the lines of differences that faced was Ronald Reagan.

He had a quote on his desk that read, there is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit. What an interesting statement. A sign of humility.

All the ideas don’t have to come from me. In fact, there were arguments, always arguments, between the Democrats and the Republicans. But after contentious arguments and negotiation, they'd often meet afterwards.

Tip O'Neill would often say he was the 47th speaker of the House. That boy. He tried to hate Ronald Reagan but just couldn’t enjoy being with them. They had wonderful time sharing informal discussions.

You see, part of the job of a good leader is to build a kind of relationships that don’t require them to always be the star.

You see, when you do that, you’re exhibiting humility and you’re valuing the contribution of others. That’s what a good leader does. I hope you take time to read my article on Epoch Times leadership. Humility is strength.

Terry Paulson has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a M.A. in lay theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to being a contributing author to The Epoch Times, he’s an op-ed columnist for He’s author of “The Optimism Advantage,” “They Shoot Managers Don’t They,” and “Leadership Truths One Story at a Time.” As a professional speaker and trainer, he helps leaders and teams leverage optimism to make change work.
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