“The price of greatness is responsibility.” Winston Churchill
We live in a culture much like other cultures in generations before us. People desire greatness, but want to avoid responsibility. We do not want to be responsible for our words or actions, especially if there are related consequences. If there are rewards, we are quick to take credit.
Yet, we find several unavoidable applications to this idea of responsibility.
Responsibility involves duty over someone or something.
Responsibility brings accountability regarding this duty.
Responsibility indicates an obligation connected to our work.
Responsibility carries with it an opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization.
The question is simple. Are we willing to take responsibility?
The answer determines greatness. Only when leaders take responsibility are there opportunities to achieve greatness.
Yes, leaders must take responsibility for their actions. There is an accountability issue at stake. However, when leaders are responsible and willing to take responsibility it inspires others to follow.
The opportunities are there. The decision is ours to make. Greatness it the prize.
Responsibility is price to be paid.