In this episode of Yates in Your Face, Greg Yates discusses why being responsible and taking responsibility can have such diverse implications in your leadership.

Taking responsibility for the successes in your life is easy but, owning failure is uncomfortable.

Successful teams aren’t built through a magic act. There’s no smoke and mirrors to divert the attention of others away from the mistakes that will inevitably happen along the way.

Take responsibility for the ups and the downs. Because, failure isn’t the opposite of success. It’s a lesson learned along the way.


When I was growing up I was the most responsible one in our family. In fact, everything that happened, my parents immediately assumed I was responsible.

Why is it that being responsible and taking responsibility can have such diverse implications? How can it be so selective?

People want to be responsible when good things happen but have deniability in failure. We do it but does that REALLY make sense? Do things always work out the way you intended? Have you ever tried to do something and it backfired on you? Something you thought was good and it blew up in your face?

Very few people set out to do something stupid and yet we’ve all done something stupid.

You’ve said the wrong thing without intending to. Why can’t we acknowledge that? Shouldn’t everyone realize by now that sometimes…we’re just stupid? We are responsible for things we never saw coming. But that’s not how it works.

We end up being politicians. We create camouflage. We spin stories. We play games. We lie!

What if we took responsibility for our actions, our mistakes, our failures? Why pretend they don’t exist? Are you the only one who needs the “benefit of the doubt”? We don’t accept failure in ourselves so we can’t accept it in others. We create a mask and we expect everyone else to wear that mask as well.

Is that the way successful teams are built? Is that the way relationships are forged which stand the test of time? Maybe that’s why we think God only accepts perfection and we wear that mask even more seriously with Him and His Church.

I say, take off the mask. Be responsible. Confess daily the imperfection of life and quit trying to mask it. Take responsibility 100%. When the light shines on you, don’t worry something will be uncovered you haven’t already taken responsibility for.

No more blame. It doesn’t contribute to the foundation of true leadership and true success. It’s time to take responsibility: no spin, no excuses, no scapegoats.

That’s where you’ll find the trust you need to lead.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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