Once you are in a leadership role, your primary accountability is actually to build as strong of a team as you possibly can.
One of the obligations that a lot of leaders fail to appreciate, and it’s tied to a primary accountability, is that once you are in a leadership role, your primary accountability is actually to build as strong of a team as you possibly can. Because why you need a strong team is it enables you to be a more effective leader. Sometimes, leaders feel that they need to surround themselves with people who are weaker than them, so they can be the expert and they can be involved in all the decisions. That limits your leadership. In fact, that drives you into the weeds. If you are a leader that can say I’m going to surround myself with the best people I can find, those people will push you to be really thinking about how can I lead this team in different ways, what do I need to pay attention to, and leave a lot of the rest of the leading to that group. That’s really a critical insight that’s tied to accountability that a lot of leaders miss sometimes. Your primary obligation is to build a strong team. A team that’s truly accountable. One that not only do people lead individually in a strong way, but collectively in a strong way. Once you get that, then you not only have a high-performing team, you have a truly accountable team and then you can take your leadership to new heights.
Vince’s bestselling book and field guide, take leaders on a path to becoming truly accountable. The Leadership Contract shows you how to move from thinking about great leadership to practicing great leadership — starting today.
Vince offers three major keynote topics, making him a great fit for conferences, corporate leadership summits or executive/management retreats.