Are you accountable? Well when it comes to leadership accountability is important. We firstly have to be accountable to ourselves each day for how we handle ourselves. We also have to be accountable for the tasks we set ourselves each day and whether or not we accomplish them or not. If we do what we set out to do that is great but often the reality is we don’t because we either set ourselves tasks that realistically can’t be accomplished in one day or circumstances around us mean we are unable to do so.
We need to realise that things may happen that are out of our control which we have to deal with which will impede or slow down what we set out to achieve each day. When we start to realise this we learn to set realistic targets for ourselves for the tasks we want to accomplish. We also learn to realise the importance of setting micro goals each day to achieve some tasks over a longer period of time. This is being accountable to you and also means that you are more likely to get things done.
You also have to hold other people to account no matter how uncomfortable this maybe for you to do. If you don’t do this then people will either ignore you, will be late in delivering their product/service to you or worse still take advantage of you. It is difficult to do however if you do hold people to account then even if the outcome is not ideal or not in your favour at least you will know for next time that you shouldn’t deal with that person or organisation.
If you can talk to the person who has let you down or not delivered their service on time or kept their promise in a way which doesn’t offend then maybe you can repair the relationship for the benefit of both of you for the future. Also you can also make them understand why you feel the way you do with regards to letting them down. The same comes to ensuring that another person keeps their word or delivers their product/service on time. This means following up with people to make sure they are doing what they promised do and asking them why they haven’t done things when they earlier committed to doing so. By making them accountable now they are more likely than not to be accountable and deliver on time in the future.
You also need to lead by example as “When individuals demonstrate accountability through their actions, they are setting the pace for leadership and performance excellence. They’re also showing others how to be accountable for what they are doing.” If you can lead the way going at the right pace then others will follow. This takes “Discipline staying on track, Integrity and Execution” which seems a lot however if you are focused enough and willing to make the effort then you can will become very good at this ensuring accountability is an important part of your leadership.
These things may seem hard to do as a leader however if we are prepared to do them and if done well and with empathy then not only will it make you a better leader but it will make you a person and make those who you hold to account at least be more aware of their behaviour if not make them think about the importance of being accountable.
If you can lead the way going at the right pace then others will follow. This takes “Discipline staying on track, Integrity and Execution” which seems a lot however if you are focused enough and willing to make the effort then you can will become very good at this ensuring accountability is an important part of your leadership.
References for quotes in brackets: https://www.eaglesflight.com/blog/5-ways-to-demonstrate-leadership-accountability-ensure-it-in-others