December 05, 2008

Leading Responsibly

Being a leader requires more than simply taking charge and telling people what to do. Actually, that really isn't leadership at all. Managers tell people what to do. Leaders sell people the vision, mission, and goals that they have, and then step out of the way and allow them to get things done. Leaders must be willing to create more leaders.

If this is truly the case, if being a leader is about telling a story and painting a picture about what the future will look like, then it is important that the leader take responsibility. Not necessarily corporate responsibility, but personal responsibility. Actually, we all must do this. I don't care if you are sitting in the big cushy executive chair or if you are sitting behind the wheel of a big rig. All of us must accept responsibility for ourselves.

Here are a few of the areas that we must embrace and begin taking responsibility for today, if we are going to be all that it is that we have been designed to be:

  1. Use the gifts that you have been uniquely designed with.
  2. Share the experiences, insights, observations, and gifts you have been given with others.
  3. Pursue and grow in the area of the gifts and talents you have been given.
  4. Listen, learn, laugh, and love.
  5. Become a servant of others

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