November 4, 2013

How's Your Accountability?

Accountability can easily make us cringe. It’s a word we hear on the news when a leader’s reputation scandal or shady business dealing is found out. In fact, it doesn’t really surprise us when those at the top have no one looking over their shoulder, until they do something really disastrous. I saw this trend of failed accountability end in leadership disasters for many executives I’ve known personally.

One executive I coached (let’s call him Sam) viewed accountability as something he provided but did not need. Sam wanted everyone else in the organization to be accountable but he somehow was above it. What Sam and so many other leaders don’t realize is how dangerous it is to exist outside of accountability in the organizations they lead. Without accountability we are isolated in our thinking and behavior. We loose the benefit of being sharpened and corrected. We essentially cap our growth!

It prompted me to write a book about the indicators or warning signs that are Enemies of Excellence in every leader’s life. What I found about the principle of accountability while writing my first book was astounding.

Accountability is a buffer that protects leaders from making bad judgement calls. 

So many of the mistakes that mar a leader’s reputation are completely avoidable with accountability! It is the problem of self-sufficiency and pride that steers many leaders astray into isolation, where they ultimately make their career-ending mistakes. No one is bullet proof from making an error in judgement, but one is less likely to follow the downward path if a group of people have been invited to provide ongoing accountability. 

Accountability advances emotional intelligence. 

Emotional intelligence is the game-changer in leadership. It’s the distinction between good leaders and great ones. Active listening is one of many skills that mark an emotionally intelligent leader. Empathy is another, followed by an openness and transparency to how one’s leadership can be improved. The best kinds of leaders are always growing in emotional intelligence and understanding how they impact the people they serve.

To be accountable means to be responsible to other people for our thoughts, decision and actions.

Thoughts? Yes, even those. If we want to lead an excellent life, and leave a legacy of excellent leadership, we must examine our lives at the thought-level. Why? Because thoughts are the impetus that drive every single decision in our lives, both the good and the bad. A lot of the roadblocks to growth we face are framed by negative thinking patterns, false beliefs about ourselves, or others that cause us to react in destructive ways. 

As it’s stated in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” 

Accountability is important because it builds sustainable success and service. 

I am not aware of a single leader who does not want to build sustainable success. Sustainability is the buzzword of the 21st century; one that leaders are grasping after for answers to stay number one on the stack of companies and organizations they compete with. 

A leader is only as good as the man or woman backing his decisions. That’s where Coachwell steps in as an accountability partner to your leadership or business.

The Coachwell System and Coaches are highly effective in moving your organization from good to great and beyond. It is your leadership development solution to increase staff engagement, leadership skills, life balance and team collaboration. With a healthy high performing staff, your organization will experience a new level of success.

Contact us today for a no-obligation coaching consultation to determine how are team of experts can assist your success. We look forward to assisting your success! Call us at 541.728.0601.

To your excellence and accountability,

Coach Greg