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?”

  1. Effective leaders lead by example.
  2. Effective leaders hold themselves accountable.
  3. 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

  1. Accountability begins with clear expectations.
  2. Be consistent.
  3. Recognize strong performance as well as noting when a team member is falling short of agreed-upon metrics.
  4. 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

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