Friday, July 13, 2012

Daily Inspiration 7-13-12

"The buck stops here."

-- Harry S Truman

I think leaders become leaders because they do some things that others don't care to do. It's not public speaking, although that is pretty scary for most mortals. It is that they desire, are willing to accept, and ultimately are given more responsibility. They become more responsible. Some might say that the become responsible to many or to more than just themselves. And with large leaders, we might say they then become responsible hundreds, thousands, even millions.

I see it a bit differently. Yes, I agree that the become more responsible and in accepting that role of responsibility, do not become responsible for, but responsible to others. The difference between those is huge.

Many people do not want to accept more responsibility. They are comfortable being responsible for themselves and not to others except in how their performance has an affect on others. There is nothing wrong with this comfort zone. This person then becomes responsible for and to themselves only.

The leader needs to focus on being responsible to the people they lead and those above them as well, but should avoid any activity in being responsible for those people. Putting a leader into the position of being responsible for others is too much of a burden, especially when it is really not their place, but it is the place of those they lead. We can be only responsible for ourselves, but taking the responsibility for others destroys our leading capacity. It is disempowering, and it is doomed to failure in my opinion.

Being responsible to people is something a leader can and should do and as they focus on this they have the opportunity to serve in such a way as to be effective and very productive. As we lead, we need to become critically aware of how we are doing in our responsibility to those we influence, for that is the best of how a leader serves.
Consider The Sharp Difference Between Being Responsible For And Responsible To.
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