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Nobody Takes Responsibility for the Team

“People think responsibility is hard to bear. It’s not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence.”
Henry Kissinger
Managers have different ways of dealing with people, and most employees understand that. The problem is when the manager doesn’t convey a sense of responsibility for them and their jobs. Successful managers care about their staff and their achievements. Employees who don’t feel that the manager cares will almost always fail to perform at their highest levels. Responsibility takes many forms. This is about how the manager comes across, not what the manager really does. Not showing that you care will cost you and your business.

    I know of one senior manager who earned a reputation among his peers and employees as the company’s most caring manager. What did he do? He let employees know that their families came first. If an employee had to take time off to stay home with a sick child, the manager didn’t make that person feel guilty or less committed to the company. Instead, he would work with individuals to help them accommodate their family needs with their responsibilities on the job. The result was that the employees were more motivated because they felt an increased responsibility to the manager.

Are you forgetting that you are the boss?

Can team members come to their manager with their problems?

Do they? And if they don’t—why not?

Do you take responsibility?


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  1. Stacey Derbinshire
    08:14 on Thursday, March 6th, 2008
    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Stacey Derbinshire

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