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Are You Accountable To… or Accountable For? Real Leaders Know.

As accountable leaders, we need to look closely at the difference between being accountable to and being accountable for. That difference has an impact on our ability to effectively lead our teams. When you are accountable to someone, what does that mean exactly? When I ask leaders this question, I follow up by asking them to give me examples of some of the people they are accountable to. I hear things like: My boss. My

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Building an Accountable Workplace Culture

One of the most common questions I hear from leaders is: How do we build an accountable workplace culture? The answer is simple…  but it is not easy. In fact, the answer to this question gives us a textbook example of why simple principles often take immense amounts of time, energy, and effort to implement. The simple answer is as follows. To build an accountable workplace culture, you first design it. How do you design

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Accountable Leaders Live in the Mindset of Gratitude

Do you believe you are blessed? Accountable leaders do. Have you ever made a point of noticing when you have been on the receiving end of advantages and resources that others on the planet might not have easy access to — such as having enough food to feed yourself and your family? What about the ability to take a warm shower whenever you want, or to stay warm and dry in a snowstorm, or to

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Accountable Leaders Live in the Mindset of Abundance

Do you begin with the assumption that there is enough for everybody? That a rising tide lifts all boats? That giving makes more of a positive impact on the world you live in than taking? That when you look for, and find, something you can give to a person, or to a team, to an organization, everybody benefits? That the best way to support a relationship is to find something you can give to the

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Accountable Leaders Live in a Mindset of Respect

Do you believe that other people have rights, just like you do? That their experiences and insights are as valid as your own? That all human beings have an inherent dignity and worth, regardless of any differences in culture, outlook, or belief system that may exist between them? Do you believe that people have a right to be treated well, and that you should treat them as you yourself would want to be treated? Accountable

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Transforming The Diversity Conversation … The Accountable Thing To Do

Most leaders miss a huge opportunity when they talk about diversity. In the wake of multiple high-profile news stories about diversity and inclusion, and any number of hastily-assembled “damage control” initiatives from companies at the center of those stories, I wonder if it’s time to reframe our national workplace conversation on diversity. Here’s a start: If you’re a leader, you are already accountable to each member of your team to fulfil your organization’s commitment to

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Accountable Leadership…Closing The Values Gap

I received a question recently from someone online, a question that gave me pause. He wanted my insights on how he could find the right employer in his chosen field, an organization driven by strong values. This is a very important issue, one that is all the more essential to consider closely because, as this man pointed out, most of the companies in his industry seemed to lack a coherent guiding set of values. Indeed,

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The Principle of Accountability™

Have you ever tried to “hold someone accountable”– and found that the person’s performance got worse instead of better? The Principle of Accountability makes holding someone accountable impossible. Lots of leaders have had this experience. Before we start talking about “holding people accountable,” a tactic that usually backfires, maybe we need to ask ourselves a more fundamental question: What does that word “accountability” really mean? Accountability, very simply, means keeping your commitments to people. Period.

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Are You a Leader?

Recently, I was talking to someone — I’ll call her Carol — who had seen one of my videos and heard a point I had shared about accountable leadership. She said, “It’s interesting, Sam, and I’m sure it’s helpful for your audience, but it’s not really relevant to me.” “Why not?” I asked. “Because I’m not a leader.” This answer piqued my interest, because I knew Carol was a mother. I said, “What makes you

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No Purpose, No Mission; Know Your Purpose, Know Your Mission!

What is your Purpose in life? What is your Mission? They are not the same. It is quite common for people (and teams and even entire organizations) to get a little confused about what a Purpose is and how it differs from a Mission. This confusion does not exist for accountable leaders and the team members who report to them. Truly accountable leaders know that their Purpose is the reason they are here, phrased in

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