Episode 138: Taking Responsibility Is The Highest Mark Of Great Leaders

The 90th Percentile: An Unconventional Leadership Podcast

Published: June 12, 2024


Why does one person get selected for a promotion while others with equal skills, education and experience get passed over? While there may be several valid answers to that question, I submit that a person’s demonstrated willingness to behave responsibly is one of the major reasons. Much management literature surprisingly overlooks this characteristic, yet it explains many successes and failures, as well as a large portion of promotional decisions. In this episode we are discussing why taking responsibility is the highest mark of great leadership.

Key Takeaways

  1. Responsibility Drives Promotion:
    • Demonstrated responsible behavior is a crucial factor in promotions, often more than skills or experience.
  2. Responsibility vs. Accountability:
    • Responsibility is a proactive mindset to ensure tasks are completed, while accountability is about being answerable for outcomes.
  3. Responsibility in Leadership:
    • Effective leaders take charge, focus on results, protect their teams, communicate needs, and ensure smooth inter-departmental collaboration.
  4. Attitude of Responsibility:
    • Responsible leaders prioritize organizational goals over personal ones, manage resources carefully, and develop future leaders without expecting immediate rewards.
  5. Earning Authority:
    • Authority is earned through responsible behavior, enhancing a leader’s influence and growth.

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Taking Responsibility Is The Highest Mark Of Great Leaders— Article by Jack Zenger