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July 13, 2015

Are You an Accountable Leader?

Leadership is more than having a job title or job responsibilities. All good leaders are accountable for their actions and the actions of those who work for them. The buck truly stops with you! Here are four tools to help you better understand leadership accountability.leadership key

Accountable leaders:

  • Understand their strengths and know how to leverage them. They also are honest about areas that need improvement. When you acknowledge that you cannot do something well, you can either improve this area or delegate to someone who can do it better than you can. This powerful combination of self-knowledge and self-development is a key factor in emotional intelligence.
  • Set clear performance expectations for themselves and their employees. This openness and transparency is important for developing the respect and trust of the team, colleagues, and management.
  • Take ownership for everything that happens in their area of responsibility. They do not cast blame or point fingers when something goes wrong. Instead, they step up and take whatever action is necessary to rectify the situation.
  • Motivate their employees to deliver needed results by being generous with praise and rewards for jobs well done and by coaching people to exceed stated expectations.

Being accountable and having a reputation for accountability are important steps on the path to becoming a leader who is admired and respected. For more information on enhancing your leadership skills, see my e-learning program Lead 4 Results.

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