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Christine Nixon - Former Victorian Police Chief Commissioner (left) has had controversy recently over her leadership; seen in cartoon chatting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Blame, excuses and denial are the biggest trends in town, and many people, including so-called leaders, are playing the victim card as it suits their own interests and agendas.

This cancerous trend seems to be getting out of control, especially when it’s played by people in serious positions of power and influence.

How you lead your life has a direct correlation to the outcomes you hope to achieve. For instance, if you play the negative game as a “victim” you would normally be playing the blame, excuse and deny game, therefore, rejecting the positive notion of taking ownership, accountability and responsibility for your actions.

The question that needs to be addressed is: –  Are you playing the game of leadership (and life) above the line or below the line? The following table illustrates the distinctions – True leaders don’t play the victim card, even in the instance where they may have been victimised, they just get on with doing the job they were privileged to have been presented with in the first place…that’s the price you pay for the privilege.