Entitled or Responsible: A Leadership Choice

“‘I’m entitled’ or ‘I’m responsible.’
It’s a personal choice/decision that makes all the difference.” – Mark Oakes

These two very different choices in our attitudes and our actions really do make all the difference, especially when it comes to how we lead others.

An Entitlement Mindset

This perspective is all about me. I’ve earned it. I deserve it. I’m owed it. It’s my right. An entitlement leader:

  • Takes privileges
  • Puts self before the team
  • Avoids sacrificing
  • Asks first, “Is it best for me?”
  • Makes excuses
  • Are poor stewards of people, time, and assets

A Responsibility Mindset

This perspective is all about holding ourselves accountable – to our organization and the people we lead. A responsibility leader:

  • Serves the team and the organization
  • Puts team before self
  • Views sacrifice as commitment
  • Asks first, “Is it what’s best for the company?” Then, “Is it what’s best for the team?”
  • Owns the problem
  • Thinks like a business owner, carefully stewarding people, time, and assets

Leadership Gut Check

  • Are there areas in your work life where you have an “entitlement mindset?”
  • What would your teammates say about you –
    are you an entitlement leader or a responsibility leader?
  • How can you become a better responsibility leader?

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