What Is Leadership Responsibility?

January 15, 2021

It increasingly feels to me like we are losing our natural responsibility to one another.  Maybe it’s a function of the COVID-19 pandemic? Maybe it’s the toxic political environment? Maybe it’s just the leadership energy of the past few years? Maybe it’s all the above or something else? I don’t know but it troubles me.  

We are fragmenting and dividing from each other at an alarming rate.  As this chasm grows, things become more tribal and we lose our universal human connection. This is not good for society. We need leaders to reclaim the positive leadership narrative and model responsible behavior.  We need leaders in charge who genuinely care about other people and want to make the world a better place.  We need to have more of a win-win relationship mindset.

As a leader, you are responsible for the following:

  • Putting your own ego needs behind the good of the organization
  • Modeling appropriate professional leadership behavior, i.e., leading by example
  • Creating a safe and ethical work environment for your employees
  • Providing equal opportunity regardless of race or gender
  • Ensuring your products and/or services do no harm to their end users
  • Being a wise steward of your financial resources to protect your economic viability
  • Managing your market/industry risks responsibly
  • Giving your employees the tools/training they need to be successful
  • Fulfilling your contractual obligations and operating within the guidelines of the law
  • Adding not subtracting value from the communities in which you operate

I’ve always believed that societal change takes place first at the grass roots level.  So, who better to turn this leadership dysfunction around than local leaders?  Leadership does imply professional, personal and civic responsibility.  How a leader embraces these responsibilities can make a big difference. It will ultimately create a ripple effect – one way or another.

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