When taking command of my first Army unit, my battalion commander told me:

“Captain, your responsibilities are simple, you are responsible for everything that does or does not happen in your unit.”

No excuses, no deflecting blame to someone in my unit, no dodging responsibilities. As the leader of the unit – I was responsible – period.

Excuses and leadership don’t go together.

Responsibility and duty do go together with leadership.

Being a leader means you are responsible for your team – period.