How many people and systems do you have in place to keep you and your organization in check? Do you have the right mix of personal and organizational accountability? If not, you may be at serious risk.
One of the signs you don’t want accountability is that you rebel against authority yourself. You became angry or frustrated when anyone questions your leadership actions or decisions. If this is your pattern, you are already in trouble.One of the signs you don't want accountability is that you rebel against authority yourself. Click To Tweet
Here are 3 reasons you need to lead with full accountability:
- You don’t have full knowledge and all insight to lead.
You are in your leadership role because you have been successful and succeeded to some degree at your leadership competency. However, no matter how successful you have been, the way to the future requires more knowledge and insight than you possess. Having people and systems in place that will challenge your strategy and assumptions about the future is good leadership. A well-vetted and tested plan is always stronger. There is wisdom in having multiple perspectives to reach the best decision and the best outcome.
- You need people and facts to tell you the truth.
Speaking truth to power will always be a challenge for leaders no matter how big or how small your organization or team. It is natural and normal for people to want to tell their leader what they want to hear and to tell them yes on everything they want to do. You have to be intentional to fight this. Your system should bring you facts not opinions as you make critical decisions. You need to put leaders around you that will tell you the truth and not just what you want to hear. They need to be rewarded for telling you the truth.And you need more intimate friends that will speak truth to you and hold you accountable for character and moral issues keeping you in check if they see anything in your life that would cause you to stumble.
- You do have blind spots.
Every leader does. You may be drawn to people who are like you or people who are always positive. You may like the creative side of your organization but not the research (facts) side. We all have preferences in both people and certain disciplines. The complexity of the market requires a diversity of perspectives and disciplines to lead effectively. Many leaders are influenced by the last person or the last research or the last financial statement, but making decisions with isolated information is dangerous. Be aware. Know your blind spots and be proactive about putting in place both people and systems to keep you well informed with a broader array of perspectives and data before you make a decision or change a strategy.
You can and will make mistakes BUT you don’t want to make serious ones, either morally or ethically that will derail your leadership. You also don’t have to make decisions that will lead your organization in the wrong strategic direction that ends up putting your organization at risk for the future. It starts with you knowing and valuing accountability and making sure you have this in place both with people and with organizational systems and reports.
What accountability systems do you have in place?
“Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16