From CEOs of companies to professional athletes, successful people across the globe share a single powerful habit – being responsible. Over the years, responsibilities of men have increased in many folds. But one thing is for sure: there are certain traits that define a responsible man.
Control your emotions
An inability to rein your emotions can produce problems in both your personal and professional life. Rather than suppressing your feelings, work on venting them while controlling your words and actions. For example, if you are angry at someone, don’t lash out at him. Instead, remain calm and cool — you’ll be the better man for it.
Sincerity is the foundation of character and integrity. Be sure of your actions, without any excuses. Accept blame as readily as you do credit. Be prepared for the consequences of your decisions and make the right ones so as to minimize those occasions where you must shoulder responsibility.
Spend time with family and friends
Be sure to visit your relatives often. If you can’t, then keep in touch with them. Call them and catch up. The same applies to your buddies. Even if you’re all hitched, try to get together every week. Go out for chitchat or play a round of golf.
Overcome Character Flaws
Each one of us has character flaws. Make a sincere effort to become aware of your habits, traits and overall personality. Listen to what your friends and family say about your behaviour. Work on eliminating character weaknesses and enhancing your strong traits; for example, if your work ethic is lacking, resolve to put in a greater effort at work every day.
Mind your manners
One of the most essential in the path of being a responsible man is the way you treat others through your words or actions reflects directly on you. You’re a walking, talking billboard for yourself. So advertise your good manners. If you don’t, people won’t like you, won’t want to hire you and won’t want to date you. Practice the good manners that your parents instilled in you.