Tag: Responsibility

It Is Not My Fault

George Bernard Shaw quote on taking responsibility

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Today, we are progressively living in an ‘it is not my fault’ society. When someone is confronted  with wrong doing or not delivering on a promise, the response is the  inevitable ‘it is not my fault’. Shifting blame and not taking responsibility as become a chronic disease of our age.

We tend to blame others or our circumstances for our shortcomings and lack of drive. Life did not give us the lucky breaks that others got and that is why they are successful and we are not. But is it really life that is at fault? Consider the example of two people playing on the same piano. One plays it correctly and produces beautiful harmonious sounds while another plays it falsely and the same piano produces utter ugliness. In the same way, whether life produces discord or harmony, is up to the player.

But what about those things that happen to us over which we have no control? In life, things do happen over which we have no control, but we do have control over how we are going to respond to them. If you are standing by the edge of a swimming pool and somebody pushes you in the water, then of course it was not your fault that you ended up in the water. But only you are to blame if you stay in the water.

If you want a brighter future, start today by accepting responsibility for your future.

 

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The Importance of Responsibility for Team Leaders

The Importance of Responsibility for Team Leaders

These days it seems people focus more on their rights than their responsibilities. Effective team leaders never embrace a victim mentality. They recognize that who and where they are in life remain their responsibility. They face whatever life throws at them, and they give it their best. Remember that failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. To hit the target you need to improve your aim, and you can only improve your aim by improving yourself.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Characteristics of Team Leaders Who Embrace Responsibility

They get the Job done. As a team leader, you cannot do the minimum but yet expect to reach your maximum potential. If you are an employee, one way you can maintain a get-it-done attitude is by thinking of yourself as self-employed. This approach will help you achieve more and build credibility with your team.

They are willing to go the extra mile. Responsible team leaders never protest that something is not their job. They are ready to do whatever it takes to complete the work needed by their organization. If you want to succeed as a leader, you have to be willing to put the needs of the organization above your agenda.

They are driven by excellence. Excellence is always a great motivator. Responsible leaders desire excellence and work hard to achieve it. Make high quality your goal and responsibility will follow naturally.

They produce regardless of the situation. The ultimate quality of a responsible team leader is the ability to finish. A leader who takes responsibility, finish and follows through to the final details is a leader that will be a success more often than not. They are leaders to whom you can entrust an assignment knowing it will be efficiently and conscientiously completed.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Responsibility

Keep hanging in there. An inability to deliver in difficult circumstances could be due to a persistence problem. Next time when you find yourself in a situation where it looks like you are going to fail, stop and figure out a way to succeed. Think outside the lines. Creativity can often help to bring responsibility to life.

Set higher standards. You may have difficulty achieving merely because you have lowered your standards. Make changes to set higher standards. Reset the bar of excellence for yourself.

Find better tools. If you are still not achieving the success the way you want to, you may need to better equip yourself. Improve your skills by taking classes, reading books and listening to DVD’s. Find a mentor, do whatever it takes to become better at what you do.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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