As a performance and leadership coach, I have come across a variety of challenges that prevent people from gaining their full potential.

One area that can be particularly challenging for leaders is Taking Responsibility. Responsibility for their communication, decisions, and people.

Great leaders are responsible leaders. Rather than playing the blame game and pointing fingers, they turn missteps into learning opportunities. They ask themselves, “What can I do differently moving forward? How can I improve?”

If you want to evolve as a leader, it is important to be intentional and accept responsibility. Find the valuable lesson where others only see a problem. Make the necessary changes to grow.

Here are 5 actions to consider and commit to daily for developing Responsible Leadership:

1. Lead Yourself.

Before you can lead others, you need to know and lead yourself effectively. This requires self-awareness and the will to change and grow. Hold yourself accountable. Tell yourself, “I am the person that must make this happen.”

2. Be a Role Model.

It’s one thing to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? Your actions encompass an overall set of values and attitudes. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in your world.” Being a role model is a key factor in earning respect and creating trust.

3. Be Super Present.

Presence equals Performance. Practice being present in every moment to release stress, choose the right action, and be effective.

4. Maintain Good Health.

Take responsibility for your health, make a plan to take care of it, and execute it. Better physical, mental, and emotional health leads to greater productivity, and healthy leaders make better decisions thanks to reduced stress levels. Without our health we have nothing. Truly.

5. Leaders create Leaders.

Find and develop your successor. Identify talent and develop leadership for the future. Develop a strong bench from within. Unsure how to make this happen? Reach out to the CCG team to learn more about the impact of leadership coaching.

Key Takeaways…

How good are you at regularly following each of these on a scale of 1-10, 10 being absolute? What do you need to do to get your score up to an 8+?

I encourage you to reflect on all 5 actions and think about the benefits you would reap by committing to them. The main question here is…

Whose responsibility is it to achieve your full potential?