Why do they say, “With great power comes great responsibility?” Why do leaders often take the blame for their subordinates’ mistakes? It is because sense of responsibility is what balances power and makes a leader distinct from his follower.
Sense of responsibility is a sign of maturity. That’s why keys to kingdoms are not given to babes. Standing for the consequences of one’s decisions, attitude and actions establishes fairness. A person’s character is reflected by owning the responsibility of sustaining what he/she has started. As leaders in our own right, we have to take responsibility in all spheres of our lives.
We should take responsibility of the words we utter to people. The tongue has the power to give life and to kill. One advice could either destroy someone’s future or catapult him to power. One word spoken can either inspire hope and stir passion or break self-esteem and confidence. Leaders are often faced with challenges, and it is in the midst of pressure when they are forced to speak. Just remember, real leaders take responsibility of the results of what they say to people. Real leaders do not play the blame game to avoid responsibility. Only immature leaders do.
We should take responsibility of the decisions we make. Decisions produce results, and those results are often out of the leader’s control. During the decision-making process, leaders often have the final say and they decide based on what they perceive. When yielded results produce undesirable consequences, immature leaders blame the process, whereas mature leaders accept the blame and find ways to solve them.
We should take responsibility of our actions. This is well-explained by the principle in law called estoppel in pais. By estoppel in pais, a party is prevented from enforcing a right that would prejudice another who relied on the former’s conduct. As leaders, we should learn to take responsibility of our own actions. It may be difficult to do this since we will bear the consequences but process will hone us to maturity.
Let’s walk worthy of our calling. Leaders are not picked without any reason at all. Therefore, “My friends, you must do all you can to show God has really chosen and selected you. If you keep on doing this, you won't stumble and fall.”
We are responsible leaders in our own right. We take responsibility of the words we speak to people, the decisions we make and the actions we take. We do not abort what we have started - we continue until we deliver. As public employees, we take responsibility to model an effective public service to the Filipino people. We take responsibility of our character and reputation before our clienteles and before God. So help us God.
Our Father in Heaven, allow us to mature and have sense of responsibility. We ask for the courage to take responsibility over our decisions and actions. Whenever the results are not as expected, help us to admit where we committed mistakes and provide the necessary solution. Help us to be responsible with the words we speak to our children, our neighbors, our subordinates and fellowmen. Grant that we be channels of blessings and not of curse. Help us to be responsible even in our thoughts. These we ask in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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