If You Don't Do This, Then You're Not a Leader

leaders take responsibility

Leaders take responsibility…

  • for their mission. A great leader knows what he (or she) needs to do and does it. If they don’t, there’s no one else to pass the charge to.
  • for their circumstances. They don’t say things like “I don’t think it can be done,” or “the market is tough right now.” A great leader makes things happen.
  • for their people. A great leader knows that the people around him are his greatest asset. He takes responsibility for their growth as both employee and person. He invests in them.
  • for their families. A great leader loves his family and serves them well. He sacrifices himself for his family; not his family for himself.
  • for their impact. A great leader will change the world, if only for one person.
  • for their development. Leaders are readers. A great leader will never stop learning and growing. If they do, they’re done.
  • for their mistakes. A great leader will own his failures, learn from them, and use those experiences as amazing opportunities for growth.

If you’re not willing to take responsibility, then you’re not willing to be a leader.

So what are you going to take responsibility for today?

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8 Responses to If You Don't Do This, Then You're Not a Leader

  1. Chris Cornwell August 3, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    What happens when circumstance is controlled by others around you, refusing to allow you take responsibility, but the rise and fall still rests on your shoulders?

    • Kenny Silva August 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      Chris, that sounds like a unhealthy and complicated situation. If its an organizational issue, it sounds as though you have leadership that has given you responsibility to lead your team, but hasn’t properly empowered you to do so.

      I don’t want to lob worthless platitudes at you here, however. If you’d like to talk/brainstorm about it more specifically via email, feel free to shoot me a message at kenny@kennysilva.net.

      • Chris Cornwell August 4, 2011 at 10:47 am #

        Let me gather my thoughts on this. I may take you up on just to get your take. I don’t want to email you immediately and end up ranting.

  2. Elena Patrice August 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Spot on Kenny!! Perfectly stated!!

  3. Randall Foster August 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Well Said Kenny

  4. Joel David August 4, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    “A great leader will change the world, if only for one person.”  Absolutely!

    A great leader must take responsibility for their impact…

    I hope to hear more from you in another post on just this thought.

  5. Douglas Green August 4, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Leaders also take care of themselves by attending to diet, exercise, and stress management. If they don’t take good care of themselves they will be no good to anyone else. If you are wondering what to read, try the book summaries at http://bit.ly/gk4ZEQ.

  6. Hellen Akech September 27, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Am so grate ful for your weeks posts, one of the things i want to take responsibility for is mentoring  difficlt and stubborn  , dissobidient young leaders.

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