Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ACCOUNTABILITY, ARE YOU HOLDING YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE?

As leaders it's easy to get caught up in titles and a nice income. But, how do you react when the pressure is on? What do you do when your team drops the ball, doesn't convert the third down play? I have seen leaders who have no problem taking credit for making the call that led to the touchdown. But when the play ends in a sack or turnover allows the blame to fall at the feet of their team. We must be able to take the good with the bad. We have to accept that we are as human as the people we lead. Good leaders absorb the blow of bad news or missed deadlines. More importantly, we also take the time to turn it into a learning lesson for our team and ourselves. We all know the feeling of having to go to the top to deliver bad news. Keep that in mind the next time one of your employees comes and falls on their sword. You choose how you will react. You choose whether to have mercy or to have their head on a silver platter. Our employees will respect us when they know that we can deal with and absorb any news.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about this and any examples that you may have as well.

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