Accountability – What Does it Mean to Your Leader?

We’ve all heard the phrase, “someone must be held accountable” and cringed inwardly. If the phrase is said after something bad happens, then people start pointing fingers—who’s to blame? But what about if the phrase is said before the project even begins?

The fact of the matter is that most of the time the person who “must be held accountable” doesn’t even know what he or she is being held accountable for. Is it the outcome of the decision? Is it making sure the decision making process runs smoothly? What’s their role? How can they determine if they succeed?

Maybe it’s all of the above. Whatever their role is, you need to make sure your leader is clearly able to define what accountability [in this project] means to them.

The Different Types of Accountability

First of all, let’s make one thing clear: accountability and leadership are not synonymous but sometimes they can cross paths. You will see that in the different types of accountability below:

Lead & Decision: In this role, there is total ownership of the project from top to finish. Your leader will schedule and coordinate with your team, and control every aspect of the process. The final decision and the outcome of the project rest on their shoulders.

Consensus & Conclusion: In a slightly less independent role, the leader can schedule meetings, and control the logistics, but he or she does not hold absolute authority. Instead, this role is more about ensuring a decision is reached and a consensus is made, by ultimately making the final judgment call.  

Coordinate & Facilitate: Sometimes accountability just means that the accountable person is in control of the process and the logistics of the project or decision. He or she may only be required to coordinate the team’s efforts and schedule the appropriate meetings, making sure all deadlines and expectations are met.

With each role clearly defined, you can let your leader know what type of accountability they should expect, as well as how they can determine their own success.

If you are interested in learning more about building teams that optimize results through accountability, contact Nexecute® today.

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