When taking command of my first Army unit, my battalion commander told me:
“Captain, your responsibilities are simple, you are responsible for everything that does or does not happen in your unit.”
No excuses, no deflecting blame to someone in my unit, no dodging responsibilities. As the leader of the unit – I was responsible – period.
Excuses and leadership don’t go together.
Responsibility and duty do go together with leadership.
Being a leader means you are responsible for your team – period.
Virtue – Honor – Courage – Compassion – Duty
Important words to me. Lately, I have been pondering what it means to do right – even to ones own hurt. Virtue and honor should drive us to do what is right regardless of the cost – especially to ourselves. Courage gives us the means to act when we know that by doing right it will cost us – sometimes dearly.
It especially takes courage to do what is right when doing so comes with a cost and not doing so would not even be noticed. That is when true character shines forth.
As leaders, we should always act with courage and honor. Our decisions should always be based on what is right and what serves others. We of all people should act with courage. As Christians we are held to an even higher standard and as Christians we have access to the means to do what is right in any circumstance.
Do what is right – in all things. Act with courage, honor and virtue. Make a difference.
A leader once commented that the word duty is the most sublime word in the English language. Nowadays it seems it is a most forgotten word.
Wikipedia gives this commentary: “. . . . [duty] is a term that conveys a sense of moral commitment to someone or something. The moral commitment is the sort that results in action and it is not a matter of passive feeling or mere recognition. When someone recognizes a duty, that person commits himself/herself to the cause involved without considering the self-interested courses of actions that may have been relevant previously. This is not to suggest that living a life of duty precludes one of the best sorts of lives but duty does involve some sacrifice of immediate self-interest.”
As a leader, you need to know your duty and to do it irregardless of how you feel and to understand that with doing your duty comes a price.
Being a leader comes with a cost – if you are not willing to pay it, then you may not need to be in a position of leadership.
Make a difference this week and advance the Kingdom of Christ!