Accountability and you

Accountability for delivering on your plan for 2014 is one of your most important roles. It requires many management skills to hold your employees accountable. And the truth is, holding your folks accountable is your choice.

There are 2 HUGE problems with accountability or the lack there of – abdication management and valuing hard work more than achieving results.

The causes behind abdication are giving up on a task or goal, assuming all will go well and not staying informed.

So, unclear expectations, inadequate authority or resources, lack of skills, inadequate encouragement and coaching and inconsistency in holding others accountable all leads to total abdication of key aspects of your role as a leader.

The second BIG cause is valuing hard work more than actual results. Believing effort equals performance, believing hard work is a priority and believing rewards should be based on how hard your work all add up to abdication too.

Here’s 6 steps to enable accountability in how you lead your people:
1. Communicate your expectations clearly
2. Agree on specific results and behaviors and how they will be measured
3. Agree on time frames
4. Clarify resources and authority
5. Set up accountability meetings to stay informed
6. Get commitment from your employee

The difference accountability can make for you as a leader is everything!

Martha Forlines and Thad Green

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