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The Backbone of Leadership

3rd of a Five Part Series on Responsible Leadership

In the last two articles in this series, we have been introducing a new leadership model called Responsible Leadership. The beauty of the model is in its simplicity. But do not let its simplicity fool you. It is also a powerful tool that can quickly show what it takes for organizations and individuals to achieve sustainable success that can withstand the test of time.

This week we will move on to the second responsibility of organizational leaders - developing a culture of personal responsibility. Our last article shared that the foundation of an organization is its culture. One of the most critical components of a great culture is getting every person in the organization to be personally responsible for themselves, starting with the executive leadership team. Imagine an organization where everyone takes ownership of their responsibilities and deliverables, an organization where there is no finger-pointing and no one is playing the “blame game.”

This might seem like a pipe dream, but it doesn’t have to be if the organization’s leadership truly leads, starting with themselves. The best leaders are authentic. They are real people who recognize that they’re not perfect and are willing to admit it to their team. Trust us; we understand that there is no such thing as a perfect company, just like there are no perfect people. We’re all human, and we’re all prone to make mistakes. One of the keys to being an effective leader is admitting our own mistakes and then doing what it takes to resolve the mistake once it has happened. If organizational leaders show what it means to be authentic, then the rest of the team will likely do the same.

Plus, the positive ripples that come from individuals and teams that are personally responsible are significant:

  • Personal responsibility helps build trust within a team

  • Personal responsibility leads to greater levels of cooperation and collaboration

  • Personal responsibility also increases accountability and focus on achieving team results

  • Personal responsibility breeds success for individuals and teams

Developing an effective and successful culture is an ongoing process that requires continuous effort and improvement driven by the leadership team. As everyone on the teams becomes increasingly responsible, the culture of the organization grows stronger and stronger, and the benefits of a strong culture are what we will cover in our next article.

If you are interested in learning more about developing a great Organizational Culture and/or Responsible Leadership, feel free to reach out to us.

We are here to help you create a dynamic and thriving organization.

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