President Truman's well-known saying is as good a definition as any for leadership through responsibility.

 

Effective leaders see leadership as a responsibility rather than a rank or privilege.

 

When things go wrong, as they often do, they do not blame others. A true leader knows that he, and no one

else, is ultimately responsible.

 

It is for this reason that a real leader is not afraid of the strength of his associates and subordinates.

Because he holds himself ultimately responsible for their mistakes, he also sees their successes as his successes,

rather than a threat.

 

There may be a risk of a subordinate wanting to take over – able people tend to be ambitious. But this is a

much smaller risk than to be served by mediocrity.

 

Source: The Essential Drucker, Peter F. Drucker