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Fostering Responsibility: Becoming a Great Leader #4

Fostering Responsibility: Becoming a Great Leader #4

One of the challenges faced by great leaders is coaching others into accepting responsibility for their own actions and behavior. We all make mistakes. In order to grow from those mistakes we must be able to accept ownership of the mistake.

There is a good metaphor about a storm that looks at responsibility.

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A person’s behaviors and actions are a storm. At the edge of a storm you can’t really tell what the overall impact will be. If we detach our emotions we can learn by watch the precipitating factors of the “storm” as it approaches. We can watch it’s impact as it overtakes us. Then we can turn and learn even more about its residual effect as it passes away from us.

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Here are a few of the common problems you may encounter with those who need growth in the area of accepting responsibility.

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  • They often make excuses for their behavior.
  • They have a tendency to blame others for their misfortune.
  • They may not follow through with assigned tasks.

Here are a few coaching suggestions.

  • Recognize and reinforce ownership and acceptance of responsibility.
  • Provide opportunities for success.
  • Do not accept excuses in the place of responsibility.
  • Be alert for signs of need.
  • Make instructions and expectations clear.
  • Reinforce cooperation rather than competition within your organization.
  • Structure responsibilities in a manner that reduces the opportunity to blame others.
  • Make the consequences for irresponsible behavior clearly and immediately known.
  • Seek group input on organizational planning and decision making.
  • Encourage the use of graphic organizers to measure project success.
  • Speak with the individual to emphasize the importance of the one to the whole.

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Reg Adkins writes on behavior and the human experience at (elementaltruths.blogspot.com).

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Last Updated on February 17, 2020

10 Ways To Always Be Yourself And Live Happily

10 Ways To Always Be Yourself And Live Happily

As you were probably told when you were in elementary school, “Just be yourself.” You can be a much happier person once you figure out who you truly are and when you learn how to be yourself.

If you are like most people, then you have probably told yourself that things would be better if there were certain changes in your life or changes to yourself. You can make those positive changes yourself. Be proactive, and have a more positive outlook about yourself.

Below are 10 ways to learn how to be yourself and live more happily:

1. Don’t Aim to Please Others

There is a problem if you are never doing what you want to do, yet always doing what everyone else wants to do. This Is Why You Shouldn’t Please Others But Yourself.

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Pleasing others can be a nice thing to do, but know where your boundaries are. Instead of always aiming to please others, you should do things for yourself as well every now and then.

2. Don’t Worry About How Others View You

Occasionally thinking about how others view you may make you change for the good, but you should not be constantly wondering about what others are thinking. You should change if you want to, and change into what or who you want to change into.

3. Learn More About Yourself

Do you know who you really are? Ever since you were young, you have been conditioned to be one way or another. It may be weird just to spend a day being your spontaneous self, but sometimes it is the only way that you can learn how to be yourself.

4. Appreciate Who You Are

No matter how weird you are, appreciate yourself! Each person is unique, and everyone has at least a little weirdness in themselves. Appreciate your weirdness and let it out.

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5. Be Confident with Who You Are

Do you ever doubt yourself? Doubting yourself can be very easy if you are constantly comparing yourself to others and wondering “What if?”

Instead of doubting yourself all the time, you should be confident with yourself and who you are. Showing confidence in yourself and your decisions will also show to others that you know what you are doing.

6. Forgive Yourself

Forgive yourself for thinking negatively. Forgive yourself for talking, without thinking twice. Forgive yourself for being rude to your superiors, your friends, your parents, or your siblings.

Don’t think negative thoughts about yourself for taking wrong steps or making wrong decisions. This kind of thinking puts your focus on the problem and not the solution. It’s better to say good things about yourself than to say negative things. Always saying positive things about yourself is a sign that you have forgiven yourself.

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These tips will be helpful for you: How to Forgive Yourself and Move Forward for a Happier Life

7. Stop Being Negative About Yourself

Do you look at everything as a glass half full or a glass half empty? It can be easy to be negative about yourself. When it comes to being happy, it is vital that you learn how to be yourself and to be more positive.

8. Find a Hobby That You Love

Everyone has something that they live for or that they love to do. Figure out what you love to do and make a hobby out of it. Doing what you love can make you much happier.

9. Learn from Your Mistakes

You can really learn more about yourself when you make a mistake. Here is Why You Should Be Proud of Making Mistakes.

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Mistakes in your life do not always need to be seen negatively. Think about what went wrong, learn from it, and move on.

10. Strive for What You Want to Accomplish

Being yourself does not have to mean that you have to be stuck in status quote. Aim for what you want to achieve and strive for that accomplishment. You can improve yourself while still remaining true to yourself.

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