I recently sat in a meeting with some of my reports and another manager. One of my team members said something that according to the other manager wasn’t accurate and raised the tension in the room. The inaccurate information likely came from me, but not in exactly the way I said it. I ended up defending my own communications (potentially sliding the blame for misinterpretation to the team member) instead of taking full responsibility for the bad communication myself. After the meeting I realized I had made a mistake. I’m writing this as a reminder to myself that I should take the heat for my team in situations like these.
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