Friday, May 07, 2010

Are You Responsible?

Remember, with great power, comes great responsibility.

~ Spiderman (2002)

What makes a great leader? Are great leaders born or are they a product of circumstance? I believe that a great leader is someone that when called upon, steps up to a challenge created as a result of circumstance, and stays when they realise what is actually required.

I think that many people who strive to be great leaders are attracted to the power associated with being one, and forget about 'powers partner', responsibility.

A sense of responsibility is what separates good leaders from great leaders. Being a great leader is hard work. Great leaders strive for infallibility, and are constantly in the pursuit of knowledge. They work harder, longer and smarter than anyone else - they have to. No one will be led by someone that works fewer hours and knows less, and rightfully so.

Just because someone has stepped into a position of leadership, it doesn't mean that people will blindly follow their lead, nor should they - like trust and respect, it needs to be earned. You can't ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. Great leaders inspire others to follow by having a vision, and each and every day, working the shit out of that vision. They don't shirk their responsibility, they own it.

In the words of Robert Brault, 'You can awaken each day to obligations you never chose - or you can decide now to choose them'.

~ Sasha

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