Stepping Up to the Plate

I was reading the news today and Euclid Tsakalotos, Greece’s new finance minister, was quoted saying “I understand that I am assuming my post at a difficult time.”  Now, if you haven’t been keeping up with what’s going on in Greece, take a moment to check out this NYT article, as relates to the nation’s current economic hardships.  That’s not what I want to focus on today though.

See, I want to talk about the level of ownership Tsakalotos takes and integrity he displays.  Coming into this role, he knew that he would face challenges.  He knew he would have to bear the burden of blame for something he had no more to do with than any other Grecian citizen.  But he knows that, as a leader, he must take on the task of fixing a truly broken economy.  He doesn’t have time to whine or complain.  He just has to make it happen.

How often in life do we get thrown into tumultuous waters?  There are two options: sink or swim.  Tsakalotos has chosen to swim.  Now, I’m not well-versed in the European economy to know whether or not his decisions will be solid ones but what I do know is that the decision to take ownership over a problem that you did not create for the betterment of your nation is commendable.  That is true leadership.  He may be damning his name in history so that he can try to make things better for a failing nation.  But he’s willing to take that risk instead of running from it.  He has stepped up to the plate.  Would you do the same?

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