Pillar #1=Personal Responsibility for your benefit and the benefit of your organization.
Personal responsibility is part of the foundation required to create a more successful life. This is the responsibility of taking care of ourselves for our sake and for the sake of others. Humans have the unique ability to pause after we are presented with a stimulus. It is in this split-second moment that we are able to make a decision as to how we will respond. For example, if someone yells at us, will we yell back? Will we show them compassion? Will we respond with a question as to why they are yelling at us? Many great leaders have mastered the ability to become aware of their response in that moment. Gandhi, Mother Theresa, President Mandela are some who responded with the utmost integrity in the face of great challenges. They took personal responsibility for their own self-care and for their decisions of how they would treat others.
I provide a training and personal growth program title “7 Pillars of Sustainable Leadership”. It is the brain-child of a good friend and colleague of mine, Jennifer Moore of ISIS Consulting and The Moore Group. It is an interactive program that helps people transform how they lead and influence their work with their colleagues, clients and their organizations by looking at their own paradigm.
The 1st Pillar of the program is Personal Responsibility. As per Wiki-Answers, “Personal responsibility is one’s ability to take care of oneself by means of, keeping healthy, managing ones emotions, keeping a sound mind, treating yourself with respect, and etc….” “It is taking responsibility for your actions, accepting the consequences that come from those actions…”. As per this definition, it starts with you! How do you think about yourself? How do you feel about yourself when you look in a mirror? How do you treat yourself? Have you defined your personal values? If so, do you live by your personal values?
Just like our organizations, we should all create Mission and Vision Statements for ourselves. Once we are able to decide our personal visions, or who & where we want to be ‘when we grow up’, then we know the destination. We can then formulate the steps we can take to get to our vision. These steps are our mission. Living in our mission is exciting. It provides us with a purposeful life. And it starts with taking personal responsibility.