Troubled times remind small business leaders of the need to take responsibility. Admitting your part in what went wrong—even when painful or embarrassing—not only moves the situation toward real solutions, but is also a model for those you lead. Integrity is constructive any time and is particularly distinctive and valued in today’s business climate. Stand up and show others how to take responsibility by doing it yourself, and solutions to even the most difficult issues will follow. That’s leadership at its best.

David Peck President Leadership Unleashed Palm Springs, Calif.

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