You are the sole owner of many things in your life, owning your outcomes is one of the most important things within your sphere of influence. You may have been chosen to be a leader through circumstance or you may have chosen to be a leader by ambition, either way people are counting on you to lead them.

Your organization, your direct reports, your family, and your friends are all depending upon you to own your outcomes.

What does owning your outcomes mean?

You are responsible. You are accountable. People can depend upon you to deliver results and be a steward of mutually beneficial outcomes. You are not perfect, but you are striving for excellence. You understand that it takes a diverse team to deliver consistently and you have their back when they need you to advocate for their best interests. You are there in the good times and in the challenging times. You are committed to serving those who serve you.

You are responsible for your own success

You are responsible for your own success and will champion the success of your team. The blame game never works. Blaming and finding fault is a waste of time and energy. When presented with a problem you will seek to understand the problem and not withdraw as a result of being uncomfortable. Seeking a solution to the problem and the best path forward for all involved.

Create Clear Objectives

As the leader you are responsible for creating clear objectives and confirming that your team understands the goal and how to execute the necessary tasks to achieve success. When there are questions you will own the responsibility to give greater clarity and monitor the inputs to confirm these inputs will meet the objectives and the overall mission. You will also give guidance on when individuals are doing well or when they need to course correct. You will have patience and understanding to grow and develop your team. You will help them fulfill their individual responsibilities as a team member.

Avoidance is Acceptance

When presented with a problem or with unsatisfactory results you as a leader will not avoid the issue. You will get all the pertinent information and determine how to address the issue head on. You understand that time is of the essence and bad news doesn’t go away or get better with time. When you understand the problem and provide a solution, you will reduce the frustration experienced by all involved.

What is your recovery plan after failure?

I was once encouraged by a client after my team had a failure on a jobsite, he said “I will not judge you by this failure, I will judge you by how you recover from this failure”. This was a wise client and taught me a life lesson. None of us are perfect and we will have failures, some due to lack of planning and some due to circumstances beyond our control, either way we must own our failures and promptly recover from them. Having a recovery plan and even planning for failure is part of owning your outcomes.

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