In business, sport and life, leadership is critical to mobilising people to take action. Responsible leadership is the next level.
As a Top Performer, I really want you to start challenging yourself and asking yourself questions. It is important to know what traits you should have as a leader, but more importantly, ask yourself how you can use those traits responsibly to become a better leader.
For those of you who are leaders, whether you are leading a team of one or a team of many, it is important to really start thinking about how you factor being responsible into your decision-making process.
Q. What are you doing that you could do more responsibly and use to mobilise more people to achieve your purpose.
That’s a big question. Perhaps take five minutes quietly, instead of going with everyone for a coffee break, take that time to ask yourself that question. You can also ask yourself;
Q. What you are doing today that’s getting you closer to fulfilling your purpose.
If you don’t have a purpose, why not? What’s the point of waking up every day if you don’t have a purpose?
I know when I suffered depression I was still driven by my purpose. It’s what helped me overcome both the clinical depression and also the situational depression. I was able to change my situation, which ultimately helped me to get my mind into a better place. It was a very long process, but it was my purpose that enabled me to overcome my depression and get myself back into the game.
It was from that purpose that I developed a sense of responsibility around the people that I lead and the things that I tried to do. Why? Because if I was irresponsible in my actions and irresponsible in my decision-making, I couldn’t fulfil my purpose, which is to change the world one person at a time. Obviously, I have to do that with myself first.
So, what can you do to be a more responsible leader, and what can you do today to move yourself closer to fulfilling your purpose?
As always, live with purpose.