The 4 Foundations for Taking Responsibility = High Performance

The 4 Foundations for Taking Responsibility = High Performance

Management and Leadership Success is all about Taking Responsibility

It seems that getting people who take responsibility for their actions and behaviors is not easy nor is it easy to get people to do so. Organizations can succeed if the bulk of their people do not take responsibility. Managers set the culture for this by their own behavior and by not accepting a lack of “taking responsibility” by anyone in their business unit. One Blog and subject matter expert on organizational leadership that I have followed for a number of years is Bret Simmons on his Bret L. Simmons Blog. In a recent post on the subject of responsibility, he laid out the 4 foundations for both the importance and need…

“Responsibility is the foundation of interdependence. Unless and until you assume full responsibility for your own behavior and results, you force others to assume responsibility for you. It is your responsibility to perform your job with ethical distinction and to care about what you do, who you do it with, and who you do it for.

Looking in the mirror and asking yourself “am I assuming full responsibility?” is difficult because our self-serving bias will always want to answer yes. Responsibility is a continual journey of discovering and understanding the aspects of our work and life that are dependent on rather than interdependent with others.” To read the full blog check it out at Bret L. Simmons

 One of my favorite quotes on taking responsibility is from Teddy Roosevelt.

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt

And another…

“The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on whom you are going to blame. You don’t waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are set free and can now focus on succeeding.” 
― Lorii Myers

It seems pretty straight forward, or so it seems, but in the end many find taking full responsibility for their actions difficult. It is a character issue and character is at the heart of successful managers and people everywhere. Not only is personal and professional responsibility the hallmark for successful people, it is at the core of high-performance organizations. Every manager should think about how this fits with their leadership and the culture they are building. When you build a team of “responsibility takers”, performance and achievement are within your grasp.

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