How do you and your team view Accountability? It is avoided or embraced? The late Wes Fesler, All-American Athlete and Hall of Fame coach, said, “Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability.”
In this Leadership Nuggets episode, Chuck will address 2 essential areas of Accountability for Leaders.
The Leader Being Accountable
Key Question: “Is the leader ultimately accountable for everything that occurs or doesn’t occur within their team or organization?”
- Effective leaders lead by example.
- Effective leaders hold themselves accountable.
- Effective leaders also allow others to hold them accountable.
Coaching Tip: When you as a leader decide on a specific area in which you want to improve, share your plan with a trusted colleague or coach. Ask them to check in regularly with you to help you keep moving forward toward your goal.
The Leader Holding Others Accountable
- Accountability begins with clear expectations.
- Be consistent.
- Recognize strong performance as well as noting when a team member is falling short of agreed-upon metrics.
- The manner in which a leader holds a person accountable will vary with different people and situations.
Crucial Reminder: Over time, what we accept in the performance of a member of our team is the same thing as giving our approval.
“If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.” ― Henry Cloud