Leadership is Communicating Responsibility.
“Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.” John D. Rockefeller
Bill Clinton talked about this process of responsbility being part of the essence of our God – created humanity.
What exactly do we mean by responsbility?
But this responsibility isn’t just about somebody stepping up to make the rules and tell others how to go about their lives, in fact, it’s not so much telling people what to do – so much as it is taking ownership of what is done – something that Andy Stanley just spoke about at Catalyst West Coast in the US – that’s a great note from my friend Marko, who was at the actual conference.
Responsibility is yes, doing the right thing and wherever you are able = the choices you inevitably make lead you to being the right person at the right place in the right time to take some responsibility for whatever environment you are in = to initiate, propagate and compel change for the better, encouragement for what is good and education for what is not yet learned. Every day is an opportunity – and everything you have whether that’s an experience, an asset or an hour is an opportunity – to take responsibility, to take some ownership in making things different to how they are.
NO MATTER WHAT YOUR AGE.. .SOMETIMES THE YOUNG ARE BETTER SUITED TO RESPONSIBILITY THAN THE OLD
It’s a very Aboriginal thing to do, to give younger people greater responsibilities within the community as they become able to take those responsibilities on. It is a culturally appropriate transfer of roles that involves respect in both directions.. from the younger to the older and the older to the younger.
Gen Xer’s run the risk of being the biggest thing that never was – partly because collectively there is still a skepticism and rebellion against some structures and models of authority leadership and responsibility. We run the risk of asking to be credited with leadership and responsibility when we’ve never taken and shown anyone that we are prepared to take ownership. To reach that place of saying -= hey, the sheep aren’t there for the benefit of the shepherd, but the ownership of the shepherd requires he be there for the sheep.
That’s why we will continue to see younger leaders emerge ahead of the pack. That’s why leaders like Bono, and others who strike out to take radical ownership of solving problems, initiating and propagating change. What stands out about these leaders and about so many others..
Ashton Kutcher and the Malaria Day appeal last week is a great example with his efforts via Twitter, even those people that leverage their profile at school, at work, on the internet to tell others what they are doing to take responsibility and ownership of changing their world and environment, those who take ownership of their opportunities and their assets, are the ones that rise to the top of the leadership table.
Think = causes you care about, actions you take, 40hr famine, rallies you attend, petitions you sign, new ways of acting and thinking about management, money, people, work – all these things can impact positively the way others approach the same task.
Because they used their voices and communicated what they were doing, what they were taking responsibility for, what opportunities they were taking ownership of, to make a difference. Leaders take every opportunity to do the right thing and tell everyone what they are doing -= no tall poppy rubbish, just creating waves and movements and letting others come on board.
Yes – there’s an overload of content on the internet – but everyday I’m watching following and learning what people are out there doing, I’m watching and participating with the leaders of he new world -= because I know what they are about, I know what they own, I know what they take responsibility for.