It doesn’t matter if a company is an industry leader, an average performer or a poor performer – how they define accountable leadership is the same. In fact, a number of key behaviors emerge as truly distinguishing those leaders who are truly accountable from the rest.
What the findings of the study suggests is that it doesn’t matter whether a company is an industry leader, an average performer, or a poor performer — how we define accountable leadership is the same. In fact, a number of key behaviors emerge as truly distinguishing those leaders who are truly accountable from the rest.
The first behavior is that truly accountable leaders hold themselves and others to high standards of performance. There’s no settling. There’s no mediocrity. The bar is set high for themselves and others.
Number two is that they have the courage to tackle tough issues and make difficult decisions. We have found in our work with our clients that many leaders struggle with this. They don’t have the courage. They really avoid doing some of the difficult things and truly accountable leaders really distinguish themselves in that way.
Number three — they’re really effective at communicating strategy to the rest of their teams. They take the strategy from above and bring clarity to their employees — and that makes a lot of sense when you’re wanting to hold people accountable. You basically make it clear what matters, how people are being measured, and how you’re going to drive their performance.
Number four is really interesting. The findings suggest that truly accountable leaders are really excited about the company and its future and they communicate that energy and their level of personal engagement to everyone they lead. That is a really interesting observation. Think about the leaders in your company. How excited are they? Are they fully engaged in their roles? These are the behaviors that really distinguish truly accountable leaders from the rest.
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