Taking Responsibility is an Esteemable Act

Charismatic people with high self-esteem tend to be great in leadership roles. However, some of the greatest leaders don’t fit a certain mold because they have taught themselves the qualities great leaders possess. One of these qualities comes from an Esteemable Act – taking responsibility.

Self-esteem comes from having the courage to make the right choice—even when it’s not a popular choice. Everyone wants to be liked to some degree or another.  We want to fit in and be a part of a group.  But sometimes our need to be liked compels us to behave in a way that goes against what we say we believe in. 

That’s why when a leader takes responsibility for their mistakes, it’s a sign of high self-esteem. Why? Acknowledging failure shows others that you’re not afraid to be human, that you don’t need to hide your flaws.

That’s why when a leader takes responsibility for their mistakes, it’s a sign of high self-esteem. Why? Acknowledging failure shows others that you’re not afraid to be human, that you don’t need to hide your flaws.

Vulnerable. Transparent. Real

In fact, one of the newest leadership qualities on the streets is vulnerability. Being able to find a balance between being truthful and being overly transparent is a relational tool that motivates respect.

People don’t want a perfect, insensitive, authoritative leader. They want someone who is real, someone who cares enough to coach them through life, someone who leads by example.

A good leader uses failure as a teaching tool. How? When we learn to use our failures as stepping stones to our successes, we are building our self-esteem through overcoming choices. As a leader, you are responsible for how your business, your department, or your group of subordinates succeed. Blaming others is quite ridiculous when you’re the person in charge.

Taking responsibility is just plain responsible. Until next time, I’m Francine Ward, author of Esteemable Acts: 10 Actions for Building Real Self Esteem.

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