Responsibility: If Your Will Not Carry The Ball, You Cannot Lead The Team
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 – Editor-In-Chief of Simon & Shuster Michael Korda
A Leader can give up anything accept responsibility – John Maxwell
There are four characteristics of people who embrace responsibility.
THEY GET THE JOB DONE
In a study of self made millionaires, Dr. Thomas Stanley stated they all worked hard was the one commonality. One millionaire stated that working 8 hrs./day is called survival. Everything over that is called an investment into your future. No one can do the minimum and achieve their maximum potential!
THEY ARE WILLING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE
Responsible people never protest, “That is not my job!” They are willing to whatever it takes to complete the work needed for the organization. If you want to succeed, be willing to put the organization ahead of your agenda.
THEY ARE DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE
Excellence is a great motivator. Those who strive for excellence are responsible people. They give there all! Jim Rohn stated, “Stress comes from doing less than you can.” Make high quality your goal, and responsibility will naturally follow.
THEY PRODUCE REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION
The ultimate quality of a responsible people is the ability to finish. Author Richard Evans in the book, An Open Road, writes, “It is priceless to find a person who will take responsibility, who will finish and follow through to the final detail – to know when someone has accepted an assignment that it will be effectively, conscientiously completed.”
To improve on responsibility do the following…
Hang in there – Sometimes the inability to deliver despite circumstances may be due to a persistence problem. The next time you find yourself in a situation that you are going to miss a deadline, lose a deal, or fail to get a program off the ground, stop and figure out how to succeed!
Admit what is not good enough – Raise your standard of excellence! Look at your life and discover areas that you are allowing things to slip. Make the necessary changes and then excel.
Find better tools – If you are working hard, have a good attitude and still do not achieve – get better equipped. Improve your skills. Take a class. Read some books, listen to some podcasts. Find a Mentor/Coach.
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