Latest "Accountability" Posts
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Gloria Steinem
When I was a little girl, my mother encouraged me to dream. She would often tell me … “Dream big dreams. It does not cost anything to dream.”
So as a child, I would imagine myself becoming …
… A gold Olympic ice skater on one day.
… The first woman astronaut on another day.
… Then it was a toss up between a princess, a cowgirl or a Mickey Mouse musketeer on the other days.
Nobody ever told me that anything was impossible. I am grateful for those early days that shaped me to thrive possibilities.
From early childhood, we were all taught never to lie. That was drilled into our psyche with such stories as Pinocchio and George Washington and the Cherry Tree
I learned growing up, however, that not lying is NOT the same thing as admitting and telling the truth. The former prevents us from making false statements; the latter has the generative power to change individuals and organizations.
In my decades of working with business leaders, I have found that there is one trait — above all others – that transforms mediocre leaders to extraordinary ones. That one trait is …
Real leaders have backbone.
7 Clues You Are.
Note: This post was originally published on August 25, 2014 on SmartBlogs.com.
If you are a sucker for great leadership movies like I am — Invictus, Coach Carter and Moneyball just to name a few, it’s easy to assume that all leaders embody the same qualities as those in the movies.
Afterall, who hasn’t idealized business leaders to be strong, confident, make tough decisions and stand their ground no matter what?
While those leaders do exist, they are a minority. In working with leaders for 30 years, I have found that the reality is shockingly different.
Most leaders take on their roles with the greatest of positive intentions.
Photo Credit: David Niblack
This final part of our accountable leader series addresses my top 10 leadership and culture practices for a strong accountability organization.
Keep in mind that the 6 internal drivers, addressed in parts 1 and parts 2, account for as much as 90% of your performance and results, including accountability. Practices by themselves, can’t drive accountability. They can only reinforce and support a healthy accountability mindset.
From Accountability to High Performance: Top 10 Leadership and Culture Practices To Make That Giant Leap
To build a high performance organization, a strong accountability mindset and practices must be embedded into your company’s DNA.
In this second part of a 3 part article series, you will learn the last 3 critical internal factors that either strengthen or prevent you, as a leader, in developing a strong accountability mindset. Namely, your identity, motivation and attitudinal patterns and emotional state.
Let’s first summarize what you learned in Part 1. Part 1 addressed:
- The top 3 reasons why your leaders are struggling with accountability and under-performing teams
- Why and how your “mindset” drives as much as 90% of your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, communications and, ultimately, results… in all areas of your leadership role, including accountability.
- Are your leaders struggling to get strong performance from your people?
- Are your leaders driving results through their own efforts, not their team?
- Is your company suffering from operational breakdowns, late deliveries, low employee motivation and more?
Today’s most successful companies all have one trait in common. Their high performance organizations are driven by a strong accountability culture. Yet despite many companies’ well-intentioned efforts to create strong accountability, leaders still struggle to make it a reality. Mediocrity, lack of execution and operational breakdowns are hallmarks of poor accountability and an out of control, under-performing organization.
The REAL Truth Why Your Leaders are Struggling with Accountability and Under-performing Teams:
- As a leader, you can’t develop strong results-driven accountability with your team unless you have strong personal accountability with YOURSELF.