Whose job is it anyway? When it comes to taking responsibility are you are a leader or a follower? Who owns the domain name to your career? Is it your boss, your mother, your girlfriend or you? We all like to take direction but when it comes to taking responsibility for your career choices are you the one in charge? Do you delegate what’s important to you when it comes to decisions around money, location or job duties or do you lead the charge? It’s never easy when you are the primary breadwinner but do you know when it’s time to take the reins over your job choices or to delegate it to the spouse.
Taking job responsibility is not just about showing up for work on time it’s about knowing what you want from your job and how to take responsibility for your choices and your actions when and if you get it. Leveraging is one way to get what you want from your current career or job but is it the wisest choice? When you know what you want, you have to be in a position to state clearly and directly your intent without pissing off the powers that be in the process. That does not mean you should sit idly by and let someone above you dictate the terms and conditions of your future career path. It does mean that you should start to stand up and start taking true responsibility for your actions and how you go about positioning yourself for future job growth and advancement.
Bullying your way to the top is not an example of standing up for yourself and taking responsibility. Managing your career the way you would like your life to be organized, focused and disciplined is the way you can assure your rise to the top is unencumbered. Making your desires known whether it is about money, title, benefits and perks in a way that is both respectful and clear to others and places the responsibility of your career destiny firmly in your own hands.
If you think that your job responsibility is someone else’s business and not your own you are sadly mistaken. Making your problems about your job and career path the responsibility of your boss or anyone else you think is in charge makes you less powerful and puts you in a vulnerable position. Having the ability to own up to your wants and desires helps you to take your job responsibility seriously.
When your job actions speak louder than your words, when you begin to say “No” to something that will put you in a precarious position, when you put yourself and your family first, and when you start acting like you are in charge of your career future, then you are taking job responsibility into your own hands. Remember the choice is and always will be yours so don’t give your power away by making it someone else’s problem to fix.
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