We have seen less importance placed on becoming a good steward, and more importance placed on what we can gain. I would also say that we have seen a negative shift in the way people view responsibility. Let me be the first to tell you that things won’t happen the way you want them to until you take some responsibility. You have to take responsibility for your actions, the decisions that have gotten you to where you are today, and for moving ahead.
Reading is fundamental. Regular reading should not end with high school. I recently took a course where I had to investigate early pioneers within the scope of organizational development. Of all that I came across, the study of Henry Fayol was most insightful. Oftentimes, research about theories can leave out the theorist with focus on the application and implication of their work. Nevertheless, Fayol was a trendsetter in the area of principle leadership. He was a founding father who gave meaning to “scientific management” (Bolman, p. 45, 2013). Because of him, many like Maxwell, Partridge, and Collins have written books about the quality of the work in balance with the quantity of work.
We have all been there. We’re sitting somewhere, we are probably extremely comfortable, and a great idea comes to mind. We think to ourselves how awesome that idea is, and how it could solve a problem or increase our ability to achieve our goals. It could even be a stream of great ideas that come, but being comfortable wins out, and waiting to write these ideas down later sounds like the best idea in that moment.
Hours go by, and eventually you remember that you had some great ideas, but you can’t quite remember the specifics. You can write down most of the details, but it feels like a few key elements are missing. Or worse, maybe your ideas never cross your mind again.