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Give credit; Own, and Accept Blame
By: Mike Edelen
My experience in the Navy, which continues to be re-enforced at Argonne, is that people work the best when they know that their leaders support them and will not point the finger at them when something goes wrong. The best leaders I served with in the military would often tell their bosses that their team members were responsible for the success of a mission, project, evolution, etc. although often, the leader’s work, not the team’s work, was the reason the team succeeded.
Similarly, those same leaders would take responsibility for the mistakes made by the team because the team’s performance was a direct result of the training provided by the leader. This type of leadership led me to strive to do my best daily and go above and beyond what was expected of me. The phrase praise in public, correct in private was a common saying in the submarine force as well as other branches of military service and it still holds true.
One of the key tenets of military leadership and Naval leadership is that the leader of the organization is ultimately responsible for their own actions as well as the actions of their team. This is inexplicable to many, in and out of uniform, how can a leader be responsible for something they weren’t there for? Many want to be in charge and take credit when it’s going well, but few people are willing to accept responsibility when things don’t go as planned. As leaders, the sooner we realize and accept that it’s not about the person at the top of the organization, it’s about the team, then we can develop an effective team motivated to do their best, which they will get credit for.
This video is dedicated to the men and women who serve and served our country.
Raise your right hand and repeat after me.
I, state your name,
do solemnly swear
that I will support and defend
the Constitution of the United States
against all enemies,
foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith
and allegiance to the same;
that I will obey
the orders of
the President of the United States
and the order of
appointed over me
according to regulations
and the uniform code of military justice.
So help me God.
This pledge was taken by every single enlisted United States Veteran… for you. Have you thanked a veteran today?
Happy Veterans Day!
- We are not all soldiers
- The Reserves are a vital part of the military
- Not everyone in the military if infantry
- Leaders at every level in the chain of command
- We are always on duty
- We take pride in our appearance and in our conduct
- We did not all kill someone and those who have do not want to talk about it
- We do not all have PTSD
- Those of us that do have an invisible wound are not dangerous or violent
- It’s really hard for us to ask for help
- Our military service changes us
- We differ in how much we identify with the military after we leave active duty
- Our families serve with us
- We would die for each other and we would die for our country
- We have all made the sacrifice for one reason: to serve something more important than ourselves
Several years ago, veterans at Argonne noticed the American flag outside of Building 201 needed to be replaced. They orchestrated a flag changing ceremony. It was hosting this ceremony that reminded on-site vets of the comradery among people who have served in the army, navy, coast guard, air force, and marines. With a desire to network and share resources among the Lab’s veteran community, these vets chartered the Veterans ERG and set it up in a way that anyone can participate and share in this community.
Argonne Veterans Group is dedicated to building awareness and providing resources to Veterans/Veterans Families/Friends of Veterans and bringing together members of the Argonne community in a supportive environment and in furtherance of Argonne’s commitment to equal employment opportunity for all employees.
The Veterans ERG hosts events at the Lab that seek to connect Argonne’s veteran population while fundraising for Veteran organizations. Previous event partners include Team Red White and Blue, a veteran health and fitness group, and Canines for Veterans, an organization dedicated to training dogs to assist their Veteran owners. Read more about these organizations here.