Who is Responsible for Leadership?

By Shae Hadden

Today—as I do every day after watching the news—I am pondering this question: will we continue to wait for a great leader or will we be responsible for bringing leadership into existence? With world leaders making decisions that are at odds with the people they are supposedly representing, the issues of responsibility and leadership are at the forefront of my thinking.

Whether we’re talking about the problems in our organizations, our local communities or the world, the conversation seems to revolve around two themes: having someone to blame (a culprit) and having someone who will lead us from our problems toward a solution in the future (a hero). What if leadership was an expression of each individual’s responsibility for creating the future, instead of being a solution to a problem?

Responsibility is not about who we can blame, who caused

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