What If You Could Get Everyone Taking Personal Responsibility?

You’re a leader or manager.  You’re good at what you do.  Like every other leader or manager you have a limiting factor.

Time.  You can can’t buy an upgrade. You can’t stop the clock.

How you decide to invest your time directly impacts on what you achieve.

You might have good habits when it comes to time investments.  Or like most of us you probably have times when it’s a bit hit and miss.

You probably realise that to achieve more you need to leverage the potential of your team.

Easy to say.  Not so easy to achieve in practice.

Let me ask you a question.  To what extent are people on your team taking personal responsibility for making things happen?

It’s really easy to look to others to do things.

You know the type of conversation.  If only they would do this, that or other.

What if you could get everyone taking personal responsibility?

Chances are you would:

  1. Get more done
  2. Deliver better service
  3. Have much more motivated people
  4. Have greater camaraderie
  5. Have greater fulfilment at work

So how might you achieve this in practice?

It starts with you

You set the tone.  You are the role model.  You are the person that others take their lead from.

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 represents 100% how much personal responsibility are you demonstrating?

Recognise and acknowledge others who are taking personal responsibility

Those who are exhibiting the habits, behaviours and attitudes that you want.

When people start to see this happening they will be more likely to consider their behaviours.

Hire people for attitude

Most people can do the work to a good standard.  It’s their attitude that makes the difference.

Do you hire based on skills and experience alone?

In reality it’s easy to look to others.  On the other hand creating a culture of personal responsibility can really make a difference.  So what’s your first step?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

In summary since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them achieve career success and become better leaders and presenters. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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