I chose to write this piece now as I wanted to share my findings where, over the years, I have discovered a growing epidemic of the lack of Accountability within senior teams in business.
The word accountability is often over used and misunderstood and many a time I will ask the CEO if she / he has an issue with accountability in their business and the immediate reply is along the lines of –
“Oh no, we don’t have a problem with accountability here”
Then after a few probing questions it is very clear that actually it is probably one of the main areas that needs improvement.
I have found that there are 2 main aspects to Accountability that require attention:
- Holding Yourself Accountable &
- Holding Others Accountable
Both of which have huge benefits and because of this great return, tends to be challenging to implement. As I often say, “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it!”
Accountability essentially means 'the ability to hold yourself to account' that basically means 'the buck stops with you'.
So, let’s take a closer look at why being able to hold yourself and others to account is important and some tips on how to improve your score (also see below for more details of how you can measure this with our questionnaire)