The Accountability Blog
The Accountable Leader knows that leadership is a privilege. As a leader you get the ability to impact people’s behavior. When you impact people’s behavior it impacts the business, it impacts families, it impacts schools and ultimately it impacts the community. You, as a leader, position yourself to guide change, to influence the direction of your organization and to help people be better. Leadership is not about entitlements; the privilege of leadership is directly connected
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday.
By using a private email account Clinton violated three main concerns of the US government. Use of a private email account skirted security issues and opened up possible leaks of information. It also created a situation where there was a lack of transparency. When you use a personal account instead of the federally mandated account it can look like something was being covered up. Also, you lose the ability to have historical records of transactions preserved over time.
There are systems and beliefs in place for a reason and when as a leader of an organization you purposefully violate the systems, the standards, and the beliefs then you are, by example, telling everyone that works for you that they can do the same thing.
Are you crazy busy? Do you have so much on your plate you don’t know where to start? Does what you need to get done overwhelm you to the point that you avoid everything and instead get a bowl of popcorn and go watch a movie or just play a game on your phone?
A commitment involves more then just time. It involves space in your mind. Everything you commit to and is left undone occupies a place in your mind. Incomplete commitments create stress. That stress may lead you to feel rushed to finish something and then it is not done in excellence.
Someone who lives with moral excellence and righteousness understands the order of life. Growing up I heard over and over from my father, “Patience is a virtue. I believe accountability is a virtue. Accountability is keeping your commitments to people. People are attracted to people who are honest, transparent and who care for other people. People are attracted to people who are accountable.
“The economy is down.” “The weather has been terrible.” “There is so much competition.” “Times are different.” We’ve all heard them before, one excuse after anther. We’re masters at making excuses to justify and rationalize poor results and even average results. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
How does a restaurant in a highly competitive market post a 22% profit margin in an industry that considers 5% a good result? Accountability.
We live in one of the greatest countries on earth. Food is abundant. Water is abundant. Education is abundant. Housing is abundant. Work is abundant. We have freedom of speech, social class mobility and the right to believe what we want. We have immense opportunity, but it’s not available to everybody. Why are there homeless people? Why are there uneducated children? Why do people go to bed hungry at night? So, what could possibly make this any better? Accountability.
Sam Silverstein, Inc. offers free Accountability Coaching for the Little League coach and administrator who have been suspended in Chicago. Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West. The team’s manager has been suspended and the district’s administrator has been removed. These adults worked together to extend the boundaries of the district so they could add players to the team that would not have normally qualified to play for them. All of this was done to help strengthen the team. All of this was illegal.
When I was 6 years old I jumped off of a wall and broke my leg. I remember it like it was yesterday. Unfortunately it wasn’t. It was 52 years ago. I remember how my wife had the shakes during the birth of our son 31 years ago. I remember the thrill of competition I enjoyed in my first Boston Marathon 21 years ago. I have a hard time believing that if someone’s helicopter was or was not hit over a war zone 12 years they would have a problem remembering that. I think you’d remember that incident the rest of your life.
In an interview this past week Lance Armstrong said if he had a chance to do things over, he’d probably dope again if he was racing at a time when cheating “was completely and totally pervasive.” In other words, if someone else is cheating he would cheat also. So cheating is okay.