Be Accountable

 

A common challenge for leaders is to get their teams to take ownership for the goals they have set. Accountability builds extraordinary trust in the culture when people feel secure in the knowledge that everyone will be held to certain standards. When leaders don’t hold people accountable, the opposite is true. It creates a sense of disappointment, inequity, and insecurity.

As you work toward accountability, you might try one of the following:

Listen to your language and to your thoughts. When things go wrong and you find yourself blaming or accusing others, stop. Draw back and ask yourself, how can I close the window and focus on the mirror?

At work, be accountable by holding your direct reports accountable for their actions. Always clarify expectations first so that everyone knows what they’re accountable for and by when.

When people account to you, allow them to evaluate themselves first against the results you’ve agreed upon (most people will be tougher on themselves than you’ll be); then follow through with the agreed-upon or natural consequences of people performing (or not). Remember, the people you rely upon most in your company—the performers—like to be held accountable and want others to be accountable, too.

Related Content:

The Key to Engagement and Accountability

Accountability IS the game

Discipline 4: Create A Cadence Of Accountability


80% of your results will come from 20% of your activities—are you focusing on the right ones? Download The 80/20 Activity Analyzer tool to be more strategic in your process and more successful in your results.

 

Previous Article
The Best Time for Feedback
The Best Time for Feedback

Feedback is an essential element of effective coaching and a major tool when it comes to developing your te...

Next Article
Leading An Overwhelmed Team
Leading An Overwhelmed Team

Sometimes saying "No" to new projects isn't always an option. If you're leading an overwhelmed team, try th...

×

Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter

First Name
Last Name
Country
FranklinCovey does not share, sell, rent or trade personally identifiable information with third parties for promotional purposes. Privacy policy
!
Thank you!
Error - something went wrong!