In the previous articles of this series, I looked deeply into some of the most critical issues regarding leadership. And it will not be just if I end without talking about accountability in leadership. That’s the focus of this article. Today, just about everyone wants to be a leader or at least, be called one. But only a selected few are prepared to accept and cope with the accountability that goes with being a leader. You must be prepared to accept the responsibilities that are expected of you — both good and bad.
Your organization is changing. How to be an accountable leader
- Clearly define procedures that govern all routine or functions within the organization.
- Get regular reports requested on a monthly basis from each team member in a position of leadership or management.
- Ensure the availability and accessibility of the leaders.
- Make sure you are a good listener and keen observer of people and events.
“Unless you take change by the hand, it will take you by the throat.”
In the quest to manage change, you cannot forget to continue working to change yourself first. “I’m convinced that if the rate of change inside an organization is less than the rate of change outside, the end is in sight/failure is inevitable.”
“Fail to plan, plan to fail.”
You are the organization and your followers and the organization can only go as far as you can go. Effective leaders who are genuinely concerned with team member efficiency, productivity, and happiness, realize that training and personal development are absolute necessities.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” You are a role model and your team members mirror your own attitudes.
Leadership pitfalls to avoid
- Doing too much
- Doing too little
- Failing to recognize personal growth needs
- Acceptance of mediocre performance
- Failure to use team member potential
- Guarding the status quo
- Ignoring problems and postponing solutions
- Implement communication
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