It’s about Responsibility

As we peruse the list of influential and powerful business leaders in our community, it’s interesting to note the similarities among them.  Some have built their success on determination and hard work.  We recognize many of them because they are active in the community through philanthropic and civic organizations.  And, you can bet that most have signed on to the likes of LinkedIn and Facebook and all the uber-connectivity they afford.

But when you look at the personalities and accomplishments of the people on this list, you know it is not just elbow grease, name recognition and their online connections that have earned them their rankings.  They own their success and how they leverage it for the benefit of their community and their causes.  That is how they’ve built their influence and power.

Defining Power

What defines power in business?  The dictionary has a few definitions that cover the types of power the people on this list have, including “the ability, skill, or capacity to do something,” and “control and influence over other people and their actions,” and “somebody who has political or financial power.”  So where do they get all of these abilities, capacities and knacks to influence?

It is safe to say that every one owns their power because they are somehow successful in not just their own businesses, but in how they choose to be part of communities in which they have influence.  For some, the Brevard community is a market, for others it is their mission.  Several have little business directly related to Brevard and use their power for purely benevolent reasons. In some way, shape or form, however, their own success in business and its impact on the community is the root of their power.

Business consultant Linda Galindo, who wrote, The 85{099636d13cf70efd8d812c6f6a5a855fb6f8f27f35bea282d2df1d5ae896e2c2} Solution, How Personal Accountability Guarantees Success –  No Nonsense, No Excuses, says that the three steps in achieving true accountability that leads to success are: achieving responsibility, self empowerment and personal accountability.  So many of the powerful among this list are those who achieve this on a personal level and then go on to become accountable for the success of their communities as well.  The realization that individual success is connected to the well-being of the communities of which we are a part, and the efforts that follow can really build a businessperson’s power.

Owning the Outcome

Taking responsibility, according to Galindo, is a way of being, rather than something you do.  It is a capacity inherent in everyone to own an outcome, whether it is good or bad, a team approach or a solo act.  It is a 100 percent share in what comes out of any project, how you deal with challenges, and every step it takes to get to the conclusion.  If everyone on a team takes the responsible approach, you never have to worry about assigning blame.  It is also a great motivator.

Galindo’s role of self-empowerment in success is the need to make decisions, take action, manage expectations, take back your time and not be shy about promoting your talents and accomplishments.  It may be a whole shift in how we approach things, but it’s the only way to own success, whether individual or as a community.  Her take on personal accountability means that you also take credit for the flops, stick to the truth, and look to yourself when trouble arises.

The power that emulates from successful people is a key factor in how a community fares in economic development.  On the one hand, the community is an individual, striving to be successful among all the other communities vying for jobs and wealth.  On the other hand, it is a team that benefits from each player’s success.  Spacecoast Business magazine’s list of the “100 Most Powerful People in Brevard” represents a sturdy foundation.  These, and hundreds like them, are creating the successes upon which the community can build its economy, competitiveness, and power in the global economy.