• Cathie Leimbach

Take Responsibility for Team Success



Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

Peter Drucker

Responsibility is the internal urge, feeling, or mindset that facilitates the bringing about of some result. … Responsibility [can not be given, it] can only be taken.

Christopher M Avery

Teams can only maximize results when every member of the team maximizes their performance. This only happens when team members take responsibility for the achievement of team goals. They focus their time and energy on team priorities, not personal agendas. They take responsibility for a positive culture in the team environment. They communicate, encourage others, and solve problems. This builds healthy relationships among team members. The resulting trust leads to getting the job done.

When we take responsibility for our actions, rather than justifying our mistakes and shortfalls or blaming others for unfinished work, we are conscious that we create our own results. We fail to achieve our goals when we decide to go to bed late and then sleep in late, let a 15 minute review of emails extend to an hour, or take a long lunch break. When we own up to not spending enough focused time on the urgent project or diving in without reading the project specs, we are taking responsibility for our actions. We are acknowledging what we could have done better. We can then behave differently and get different results.

What is one change you can make in how you respond to the situations in your life? How will taking responsibility for your own actions increase your team’s success?

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