Do you want to grow your influence as a leader? You have to actively be accountable! It is impossible to grow as a leader without accountability.
The Lone Ranger was a fictional former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws. However, he always worked with Tonto, an Indian who nursed him back to health after an outlaw ambush. But that relationship apparently began far back. Apparently, Tonto had recognized the Lone Ranger as the man who had saved him when they both were children.
Thus begins a bond governed by one looking out for the other.
However, I believe that fear of responsibility is one key factor that limits us from embracing accountability. When one is accountable, he or she will have to take responsibility for their actions. And that is a big risk in itself. We sometimes are also hesitant of being vulnerable. It is a fear that others will discover our weak points.
But accountability is such a powerful way of living. It is actually driven by courage and strength rather than fear and weakness. When we choose to be accountable about our life’s course, we open up ourselves to many opportunities.
1. Accountability is directly proportional to your authenticity. When you are accountable to self and at least one other significant person, you can’t avoid but live from your heart. You remain true to your calling, values and goals. Why? Because your life is in check. You have boundaries and when they are breached, there is someone to call you out and help you get back on track
It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
2. When you are accountable, you grow. The power of accountability is closely twinned with growth. It is one of the quality of great leaders. Accountable Leadership inspires new perspectives, hope and definitive action. It helps you to keep in touch with your goals and how you accomplish them. In the process, your horizons expand, and with that your followers thrive too.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs.
3. Trust is a foundation of accountability. This is because people feel safe around you. When they are comfortable with you, it opens up a door for your followers to become accountable to you too. Accountability is a two-way street built on trust. The converse is that you may leave people feeling used and mistreated.
When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” ~David Brin
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