This year we’ve been taking some extra time to talk about leadership. One of the biggest parts of being a leader is responsibility. Leaders aren’t just responsible for who they are, but also for the people in their care. Being a leader is about more than just getting the job done or having people follow you, it’s about doing the job in a way that not only gets the job done, but does it better than could have been done by someone other than a leader. Michael Korda said:
“Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility . . . . In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.”
If you truly want to be successful, you need to be responsible for yourself and for those around you. It can be scary to be a leader, and it’s even more scary to be a responsible leader. You have to not only make sure you’re doing what you believe is right, but what will also best serve those in your care, those following you.
Success, and responsibility, begins with you. If you’re not attentive to your actions and thoughts (responsible for yourself), why would anyone else care about you? It’s not about being self-righteous or arrogant, it’s about being conscious of yourself and your abilities. Knowing who you are, your strengths, your weaknesses, and your limits, gives you the ability to not only create success in your life, but also accept responsibilities and be responsible for your actions and your life.
Once you’ve displayed responsibility, others not only see that you’re a capable leader, they know you can be trusted to be responsible for them, as well as teach them about responsibility. As the old saying goes, give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. As a leader it’s not just your job to create the success, it’s your blessing and responsibility to teach others how to do better and be better.
Are you a responsible individual? Are you a responsible leader? What can you do to be a better leader and more responsible person?