Sam discusses the highest form of leadership and what you must think about and do to in order to reach this summit.
In this video Sam shares 5 steps to building a culture that prioritizes and inspires accountability.
The politicians are fighting for their brand. They are not fighting for the people. They are supposed to be representing the people.
With the release of the audio tape of Donald Trump making lewd and sexually aggressive comments about women, Paul Ryan told his fellow Republicans to do whatever they have to do to protect themselves. Ryan came up short of pulling his support for Trump. So, what does that tell me about Ryan’s accountability? It says he is more concerned with his brand than with being accountable to the people he serves. He serves the people of Wisconsin as their Congressman and he serves the supporters of the Republican party as the Republican leader.
A friend of mine, Shawn, went for an audition recently. He sings, plays the guitar and leads praise and worship at his church. The audition is for a similar position at another church. Afterwards he shared with me several immediate observations he had during the audition experience.
Mylan, the manufacturer of the EpiPen used by children and adults with deadly allergies, has raised the price of this lifesaving device from $100 to $600 since they acquired it in 2007.
The company has moved overseas to avoid United States income taxes. And, the CEO, Heather Bresch, has seen her salary go from almost $2.5 million to almost $19 million. On top of all of this Bresch blames the outrageous price increases on the common practices of the pharmaceutical industry.
Since when does the actions of other people justify our actions? Since when does the actions of other companies justify our company’s actions? And, when does someone step up and say, “We’re going to do what’s right, period”?
We recently began working on The Accountable Community Project™. One of the first steps was a series of conversations in a community around what really goes into building an accountable community.
The conversations were fun, serious, thought provoking, stimulating, cathartic, real, heartfelt and totally enlightening.
We brought together people from very diverse backgrounds. We had a former city mayor and a former convict. We had a recovering drug and alcohol addict and a small business owner. We had spiritual leaders and business people. We had younger and older aged people. And, we had people without tattoos and with a bunch of tattoos.
Some people would have you believe that self-leadership is an art, something to be mastered and even strived for.
There is no such thing as self-leadership. There is self-development and personal growth but self-leadership doesn’t exist.
Self-leadership isn’t a word you can find in the dictionary because it’s a made up word. Whether it’s someone’s attempt to carve out an unique marketing niche for themselves as a self-help guru or it’s just someone’s attempt at trying to describe something that would be best described somehow else it’s inaccurate.
I entered a state prison recently and my mind was racing. Why were all these people here? What had they done? Didn’t they know better? Surely this could never happen to me, right? It’s very easy to make assumptions about people, their situations and their choices. Without all of the facts and without having been in their situation we just don’t know what they have dealt with or why they have made the decisions that they have.
I wasn’t entering the jail as a resident but rather as a guest. The warden had invited me to tour the facility. Not sure what to expect, my mind was certainly highly engaged as I passed through security and walked through the first locked door. But, when I entered a cell block pod and heard the door close behind me it all became very real.
Business executives looking for a competitive advantage today are, more and more, wanting their people to be accountable. The problem is that for some time now society has misunderstood what accountability really is.
Accountability is not a business tool, technique or tactic. Accountability cannot be mandated, dictated or stipulated. Accountability is something that happens on a very visceral level as people learn to really value people and as relationships are built.
Valuing people is not valuing people for what they can contribute to your success, your business or your personal gain. Valuing people is about simply that, valuing people. Valuing people is looking at someone and recognizing that they and you have everything in common as human beings, seeing all people as having enormous value and, as an accountable leader, looking for the potential that every human being has and leading them to their greatest potential. When as a leader you think and act in this manor a different type of relationship begins to develop between you and everyone around you.
We live in challenging times. People seem to look for reasons to see differences instead of realizing how we are really the same. Many politicians don’t represent the best of who we are. Some individuals who are supposed to protect and serve without favor have drifted from the ideals of their profession. Education is vastly different in one geographic area than another. Many people are still excluded from the benefits that everyone in our society is supposed to have access to. And, I’m excited.