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Authentic Accountability Takes the Cake

Let’s talk about one of the most important things every company needs to strive for: accountability. This is so much more than just simply creating a culture of stepping up to the plate. It is about nurturing your employees and setting the example by first and foremost holding yourself accountable. You want to encourage your team to be forward-thinking go-getters who are proactive, not reactive. Martin Zwilling, a contributor for Entrepreneur.com, wrote a compelling list of ways to promote accountability within your teams and integrate it into everyday company culture.
  • “Be willing to proclaim that something needs to get done.” If you see the same issue happening again and again and your immediate reaction isn’t to talk action, you might want to rethink your strategy. You need to lead by example and take charge in finding a solution to a problem. If you want others to be accountable; you have to be so first.
  • “Accept personal responsibility for tackling an issue.” Placing blame and pointing fingers is not a good way to handle situations and instill accountability. When a mistake is made, you shouldn’t waste time trying to find out who was responsible for what. You should instead be proactive in finding a solution. You can’t change the past, but you can fix the future. Reward those who maintain a solution-focused mentality in order to foster that behavior.
  • “Make positive choices or decisions to act.” Encourage a positive outlook throughout your company. Each employee should be reminded that productive, positive behavior gets your further. Making big decisions is a huge part of being accountable. Foster your team’s creativity and encourage their input in strategy.
  • “Think deeply about the consequences of each choice.” Every choice we make leads us down a different path. There is no point in letting your ego get in the way. Work on thinking things through before making big choices. Think long-term, not just what will get something done now. How will this particular choice affect the company in the long run? These are questions that accountable leaders try to answer before setting out to achieve a goal.
  • “Set high expectations for yourself and your team.” Goals are everything. Set high but attainable expectations for both yourself as the leader and your team. When you show that you believe they can achieve these high goals, they will feel inspired to do so. Remember to positively enforce this by rewarding your team when they meet or exceed your expectations.
So, what do you all think? Are you ready to take your team to the next level and nurture them into becoming great leaders themselves?