Is accountability a bad word?
Short answer: NO!
It’s the fuel for productivity, engagement, and growth for leaders.
When there is clarity and responsibility, accountability becomes a positive force for change and growth. Why then, do so many of us despise accountability?
When accountability is used in punitive ways, it often leads to shame and blame. Additionally, many people are attempting to hold people accountable without first providing the clarity and resources for people to be successful.
This episode breaks down into three distinct parts. Listen to the whole episode, or jump to the part that’s most applicable to you right now.
- Accountability in life [1:23]
- Accountability in the church [15:27]
- Accountability in leadership [31:15]
First, you’ll explore accountability in everyday life through examples from family life. You’ll learn why accountability is not a bad word and how to define accountability.
Second, explore accountability in the church and what gets in the way. You’ll hear how to differentiate between what it means to be nice and what it means to be kind. Additionally, explore how the greatest commandment helps you facilitate accountability and what scripture has to say about missing the mark. We end this section with a brief exploration of how to create a culture of accountability. HINT: If there isn’t clarity, it will be difficult to have accountability.
Finally, dive into accountability for leaders. As a leader, it’s important to remember that you take responsibility for the work of the team. Scapegoating, throwing people under the bus, and expectations all get their air time. You’ll hear how lack of accountability erodes trust and builds resentment. We’ll conclude this episode with a few more pointers to begin to create a culture of accountability.
Questions for Reflection
- How effective are you at holding others accountable? Being held accountable?
- Creating a culture of accountability begins with clarity. Use these questions to set yourself and others up for success:
- Who owns the task? Who has responsibility for the task?
- Do they have the authority to be held accountable?
- Do we agree the person responsible for the task is set up for success? Do they have the time, resources, and clarity to get the job done?
- What does done look like?