Why Accountability Is Vital for Leaders Who Want to Make a Big Difference [Podcast S02E02]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the topic of accountability in leadership. Most leaders avoid it. Real leaders embrace it.

The reason is that taking responsibility for your attitudes, actions, and overall results is tremendously liberating. Attempting to avoid accountability—playing the victim—keeps you stuck.

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You can become accountable in your leadership by taking the following five steps.

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  1. Identify to whom are you accountable?
  2. Use the pronoun I and own your results.
  3. Be specific about your decisions and the outcomes.
  4. Don’t wallow in remorse or self-pity.
  5. Take actions to correct problems you create.

As a leader, when you make a mistake, own it. It will restore people’s confidence and increase your influence.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: How do you demonstrate accountability to those you lead?

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