Leaders must be trusted; you cannot be a “Man of your word” if expectations are not clearly defined at the start.

When people do not fully understand the plan, goals, and the path to get somewhere, the result is failure.   However, they do not see it as their failure if their leader failed to clearly set expectations, validate goals, and inspect to verify understanding and progress.  Without clarity the failure will always be placed on leadership.   The best leaders lead in a way that puts people at ease.  They are thorough, supporting, and tough but fair, which is the environment where people understand their surroundings, and are at ease knowing that if they do x it will lead to y.

If we have the right people in the right roles, yet they are failing, it is either due to lack of leadership/setting expectations, or the person’s inability to execute.   Never failure be due to a lack of leadership.