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All to often we hear someone say, “You have to hold them accountable.” Or we hear a leader say, “I’m going to hold you accountable.” The truth is that it should never be about holding people accountable. We, as leaders, should be helping people be accountable. There is a big difference between the two.
Why are some organizations such frantic places to work and others calm, peaceful and highly productive? Ultimately it comes down to one thing.
We are accountable to keep our commitments to people. Accountability always involves people and relationships. How we see people will determine if we are accountable to them.
What you do consistently determines what you achieve. The Accountable Leader™ knows what to consistently focus on and that always revolves around the people they lead.
When we stop judging others and start working on ourselves then we position ourselves to better serve the people around us and be accountable to them.
An elected official on national television blatantly denies something when asked, only to have to backtrack the next day as the truth comes out. Another elected official has over 70% of their statements documented as “not true”. Social media outlets overflow with false news. Does the truth not matter to anyone anymore? Can accountability exist in our post-truth world?
Do we not know we’re being lied to or do we just not care? Recently when I mentioned the amount of lies produced by one candidate the person I was speaking with said, “I just think that all politicians lie. That’s just the way it is.”
If enough people lie, then it’s okay?
There is no such thing as self-leadership. There is self-development and personal growth but self-leadership doesn’t exist.
Everything rises and falls on leadership. The leader’s energy sets the pace.
Business executives looking for a competitive advantage today, want their people to be accountable. The problem is that for some time now society has misunderstood what accountability really is.