Leaders Need to Ensure Accountability
When leaders talk about ensuring accountability, they are usually referring to practices such as holding people accountable for results.
Great leaders, however, take this a step further by emphasizing that accountability is about more than just results. They hold both themselves and others accountable for the decisions and options producing the results, as well as for the actual outcomes.
A good leader will also hold herself or himself accountable for utilizing the right level of delegation when appropriately empowering team members.
Great leaders also go even further by holding themselves and other leaders accountable for their leadership behaviors, actions, and for making ethical decisions. I call this Leadership Accountability.
Here are eight of my favorite quotations on ensuring accountability through leadership actions and mindset, all excerpted from my recent book Great Leadership Words of Wisdom. I hope these quotes will help stimulate your own thinking on what Leadership Accountability means to you:
None of us can hope to get anywhere without character, moral courage and the spiritual strength to accept responsibility. Thomas J. Watson
When I’ve heard all I need to make a decision, I don’t take a vote. I make a decision. Ronald Reagan
You cannot create long-term value for the shareholder unless you create long-term value for the employees and the communities you serve. Howard Schultz
If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief. Brené Brown
We are all accountable for our actions; their affect and influence on our lives and the lives of others. Sameh Elsayed
You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right. Aung San Suu Kyi
The time is already right to do what is right. Martin Luther King Jr.
Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus
I will share more thoughts on Leadership Accountability in future posts. In the meantime, I welcome your thoughts and ideas on this important leadership topic. Please share in the comments section below.
(You’ll find over 1000 quotations on great leadership from global business leaders, statesmen, athletes, coaches, sages, and philosophers in my recent book Great Leadership Words of Wisdom, available in paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.)
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