Friday, February 22, 2008

Success = Power + Responsibility

From Indexed...

Why do we have "C-level" executives in companies? Why are we so enamored with the word "Chief?" The Chief has greater work to do, yet the Chief only has two hands just like all of us. Similarly, he/she is limited to 24 hours in the day... as is every human on the planet.

With greater power comes greater responsibility and the key to a successful business is delegation. When employees feel they're being given an opportunity to learn new skills, they gain more knowledge and feel more connected to the organization. If you manage your people well, your people will manage the rest well and your company will prosper with both financial rewards and productivity increases.

According to John Adams, society's demand for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. A similar tenet holds that the more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have with others.

You are always responsible for what you do, what you don't do, what you say, and how you say it. In the end, power is about the ability to make choices, and that reponsibility requires a benevolent "Chief" to consider the impact of decisions on all those involved.

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