One thing I learned growing up was how responsibility is synonymous to maturity and how it is one of the few qualities that distinguish an individual as a leader.
I recall an event that happened several years ago; I was heading out of my house at the time to purchase something around the corner and on my way out, laid a waste bin with its content littered around it. To be honest, it wasn’t a sight for sore eyes and the stench from it was stinking, yet I walked over it.
Halfway to the gate, my dad called me. He was also going somewhere and like me, had ‘seen’ the dirt which I had clearly missed. I walked towards him and listened as he asked me if I had not noticed the dirt to which I responded that I hadn’t noticed. Essentially, he admonished me and told me and also included how he had noticed that lately, I had become oblivious to little things that mattered and how he disapproved.
He said and I paraphrase, that it was easy to make up excuses or ignore something that should be done, and if I really want to make impact it begins with me observing and taking the right actions to effect change starting with me clearing the dirt I hadn’t noticed initially which I did with acting as my supervisor.
Consciously, I made up my mind to improve and improve I did; I realized that I would walk into a place and correct anything that seemed improper or out of place, or in a gathering take the lead if there weren’t volunteers and when I got involved in something I ensured it was done to perfection. I realized as I grew older that taking responsibility brings a vital success recipe to your character and that it is an important principle for success.
You begin to do things perfectly and excellently; you see what others have missed or failed to see and act accordingly. You are more conscious of detail and more accountable. People begin to trust in your ability to get the job done.
Conclusively, note that leadership is responsibility and responsibility is synonymous to maturity. Truly, like my dad said, ’success belongs to those who recognize a need and reach out to those needs and it starts with your ability to attend to detail.