Passing the buck - the need to blame everyone but ourselves.
It's not uncommon for us to believe that our problems, issues, challenges or opportunities are due to the incompetence, failures, deficiencies and faults of others. Our problem is not our problem-it's a problem because they're a problem-so we think.
True, we may have a lazy-bones Jones or can't keep up Fred who is holding the team/organization/church back from achieving its full potential but the problem may not be all their fault-I may be contributing to the issue.
If my team can't get the football down the field, if we're having the same issues over and over, if I'm consistently frustrated with the lack of clarity, progress, unity-and my team has changed over the course of time but my problems haven't-I'd better be looking at more than my hair in the mirror-if you know what I mean.
It's time for leaders to own their part of the problem. Stop blaming, whining, griping, cussing and firing people on your team. Start figuring out exactly how you are contributing to the mess you find yourself in.
There's a trend in Leadership Literature right now, and I think a good one, for leaders to take a look at themselves first.
If you aren't getting what you want from your people-it may not be your people-it may be you. Can you own that?