The last few days have really gotten under my skin. Accountability in our culture is really lacking. It is becoming increasingly common to shift the blame to someone else or to a system or some other reason. Worse yet, people are running from the questions or not answering the questions directly. Today’s news seems to be about issue of irresponsibility or an ignorance toward some type of issue. It is becoming too easy to make excuses for our actions rather than face up to the question and give appropriate answers.
The recent news developments on the political front have really made me furious about our current system in place. Most of us would not be able to run from the truth and would have to pay the price for our actions. Unfortunately, people are afraid to speak the truth about certain circumstances. New, credible leadership is needed not only in our government, but in our workplaces, schools and homes. There are some great people out there who want to make a difference. One of them is Nebraska Congressional Candidate, Don Bacon. I encourage you to check out his Linkedin Profile and read some of his views on the important topics facing this country. Don, speaks from the heart and talks about holding a position of high integrity and acting responsibly.
In my case, I can make more of a difference by leading in a matter that shows more responsibility and respect for my position and the employees and clients I serve. In my case, I want to continue to work toward being a strong leader who stands for the principles of respect and integrity. It is not an easy process and there are a number of nay-sayers and bad publicity these days about leadership positions and selfish companies. Leaders need to fight through this misinformation and continue to stay strong in the heat of the battle.
I do believe leaders can act responsibly with integrity and continue to develop a team that also exhibits these characteristics. For me it is all about being a servant leader. I’ve had great role models in my life who have helped exhibit these characteristics. from close family relationships to previous employers and current clients. Connecting with great people has helped me be a responsible leader in the face of conflict. Having a strong family also makes all the difference. A great wife helps me be a responsible person not only at work but also at home. Too often, the family dynamic is overlooked, but it really can make all the difference.
Finally, a strong faith life is the foundation for being responsible. How many times do you hear a leader talk about his/her faith? Without a proper foundation, being a responsible leader is only a few words on a piece of paper and there is really no foundation to stand on.
Going forward, I want our people to take on more responsibility for their own actions. In my own life, I will continue to focus on those items of value and really question any type of action that may be misleading to others. Praying for guidance and direction is needed more in our country. Seeking accountability will always be my goal as a servant leader. I will make mistakes along the way, but I hope I can quickly take responsibility for my actions and take the proper action to not make those same mistakes again. I’ve also learned that this process requires the input from others. You cannot be responsible and be by yourself.
Thanks for taking time to read this article and looking for a way to make a difference in the world today!