GUT-CHECK: How to know when YOU as a leader step out of 100% ACCOUNTABILITY

by | Aug 11, 2022

The majority of leaders I coach believe strongly in the importance of being accountable themselves as well as holding others accountable. And most believe they do this very well.

The reality is, they do it well enough that they’ve continued to climb the career ladder because they tend to get results.

However, even some of the most accountable leaders I know step out of accountability more often than they realize and, by doing so, give permission to their team to do the same.

This can be a blindspot for leaders.

So, how can we be alert to this possible blindspot? By paying attention to our own words, frustrations, and triggers.

For example, do you find yourself thinking or saying (or allowing your team to say) things like this:

●       It’s this generation of workers we are dealing with…

●       There’s not enough hours in the day…

●       Corporate keeps changing priorities…

●       We don’t have the budget…

●       The boss says we have to do it this way…

●       The employees aren’t engaged…

●       I didn’t get the email…

●       *Any department* didn’t get me the information…

●       We’re having supply chain issues…

●       This is a result of Covid…

●       I didn’t have time…

●       HR is sending us unqualified employees…

Do these sound familiar?

These are frustrations, irritations, barriers to success—and many of them may be true—but if we let them remain as they are, or keep repeating them, then we are in essence letting them become EXCUSES.

Others hear that as not being 100% accountable.

And if we model this for our team, we are giving them permission to do the same.

As LEADERS, we are called to a higher standard…a standard of no excuses, no blaming, no whining and no complaining.

What are some ways that you as a leader stay accountable?