This section on Accountability and Leadership discusses the importance of developing a culture of accountability within the organization and how it contributes to building a successful one.
Accountability is all part of leading a big organization.
You need to be accountable because the decisions you make and the actions you take have consequences; consequences that affect more than just yourself.
If you have been a leader or a team member in any organization, you would see the importance of constantly reporting back and updating your superior.
I see several reasons why your team should stay accountable to you about their activities, results and happenings within the scope of their responsibility.
Three Keys of Accountability
#1: Acting in Line With Your Organizational Values
“Stop, in the name of the law!” is something you hear a lot in the movies (hopefully not personally).
When the police officer acts in the name of the law, he gets delegated authority from the law, and he represents the law.
Similarly when your team acts, they represent your organization. How would you know whether they acted in accordance to the values of your organization unless they constantly update you and take your feedback?
Imagine the police officer committing a crime in the name of the law!
A member that acts in violation to the values of the organization can no longer represent the organization.
Therefore, you must constantly check on and ensure that your team members are acting in line with your organizational values.
#2: Acting in Line With Organizational Vision
A good organization has vision; a direction that it is moving together corporately, be it conquering market share to grooming youth leaders and so on.
Sometimes newer members to the team may not understand the organizational vision. The only way you can know about it legitimately is to ask them to account for their actions.
You must then check them on the areas they have deviated, and reward them in the areas they have done in line with the vision.
Accountability issues can be as simple as letting you know that they will not coming for a particular meeting or event because of a certain reason. It is a matter of integrity as well.
If you have said that you’ll be there, then be there.
Your word is your bond. If something happens that causes you to be unable to perform a task or be at a certain place, you have to then let the relevant people know because they have expected you otherwise to keep your word!
I have met people that don’t like to be accountable or just simply can’t be bothered, and they’re a headache to work with. When you choose your team, remember to let them know about being accountable. It speaks volumes about the person’s character.
Learn to create an organization that is accountable to you in their actions and you’ll really see massive results in achieving your organizational goals!
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