Monday, September 10, 2012

Rent or Own

One of the things I find most satisfying about work is that there are always opportunities. I mean issues. Okay, there are always problems. These problems aren't necessarily awful, but they do represent items that need to be addressed. I like that... a lot.

Rental Leadership 
For many years I found myself feeling relieved when the problems at work didn't specifically identify Human Resources as the source. Whew! Thanks goodness it's someone else's problem! Sure, I'm happy to help out, but at the end of the day I'll only be slightly involved.

Renting is cool. But not very satisfying.

Owner Leadership
More recently I've found myself taking a different view of problems. They're all mine. Not that I'm actually responsible for solving them all; but I should always try to be part of the solution. Plus, imagine how my colleagues might feel if I jump in and try to help them out even if I'm not expected too? Isn't that what leaders are supposed to do anyway?

Owning is cooler than renting.

How About You
What leadership style have you chosen? Are you a renter, because it's easier to distance yourself from ultimate responsibility? Or, do you take a more serious approach and own? It seems to me that most people are proud to be owners in life. I'm guessing that applies to HR leadership too.

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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  1. You forgot about lending. What about those that lend out their leadership responsibilites because they can't committ to ownership. I am a very proud owner, but work with quite a few lenders.

    1. Great point...lenders...sounds like a great idea for another post.