This is a guest post by Jeff Perry, MBA
When executives are asked what leadership skills they wish their leaders were better at, one of the most common responses is the ability to hold their people accountable. This indicates a red flag, as it is an indicator that the organization as a whole is not very accountable. Rather than a focus on holding others accountable, we should instead be making the shift toward developing people who are accountable.
Wait, What Do You Mean?
Let me explain myself by asking a few simple questions for you to ponder:
- How would you describe someone who is accountable?
- How do we hold someone else accountable?
- How do we hold ourselves accountable?