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Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Thrown Under the Bus

Bible Character: Adam

The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Genesis 3:12 NIV

It only took until the third chapter of the Bible for the father of the human race to throw someone under the bus!  We have all done this in our lives…haven’t we?

Throwing someone under the bus usually involves blaming someone else, who may not deserve it, for something that has went wrong in an effort to make ourselves look better.

What is wrong with a leader “throwing someone under the bus?”

Responsibility

The argument could be made that Adam was not only responsible for his actions but for Eve’s too.  For this blog, let’s assume he was at least responsible for his own.  When God approached Adam in the garden and asked him if he had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, his first reaction was to make sure God knew it was Eve who gave him the fruit.

Great leaders don’t make excuses.  I can only imagine the reaction of Eve if Adam had instead said…”Lord, you trusted me with this Garden; I take full responsibility for us partaking of the fruit.  I am very sorry.” 

Reputation

If a person does not deserve the blame for a situation, and we throw them under the bus, their reputation will be severely damaged.  If they find out (which they often do), their trust in you is weakened.  A good name is more desirable than great riches.  Proverbs 22:7

For Adam, the fall of man was a huge responsibility to shoulder.   He potentially sacrificed his only human relationship by his response to God.  A leader must take into consideration the consequences of such actions.

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6 thoughts on “Thrown Under the Bus

  1. Thanks Jeff for the follow. It was an honor having you drop by at gravity of grace. You have a great blog and glad we could connect to touch lives. have a graceful day.
    My regards
    McDaniels Gyamfi

  2. John Brookie on said:

    Jeff,
    Good article. I read just as I was pulling myself out from under the tires of a Greyhound. Often, its not the leaders themselves that do the throwing but, it is a member of their staff that would, as Adam, avoid responsibility for their shortcomings. Unfortunately, when these instances are brought to the leaders attention they get swept under the rug, which only perpetuates the problem. Wait a minute, … I think I see the backup lights.

    Best regards,
    John Brookie

    • John,

      Thanks. Our society in general has moved away from accepting personal responsibility, it’s an area that we need to improve on. Leadership should not be in the practice of sweeping this type of problem under the carpet.

  3. Kevin schneider on said:

    I enjoyed this a lot. Thank you for keeping us infront of the BUS instead of ending up under it!

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