Management is holding others accountable. Leadership is holding oneself accountable. We lead with accountability when we make no excuses, cast no blame, take responsibility, tackle the challenges, and invite others to join us. We may not always succeed, but we do not avoid the challenge and we do not cast blame.
This is one of the tools that makes up the Center for Positive Leadership’s “Virtues and Vices” series of instructional tools. It contains four stories of accountability, irresponsibility, or obsessiveness. A tool with multiple stories enables students to examine what is required to exhibit ideal accountability across different settings, and to account for the differing perspectives of multiple stakeholders. Each story includes carefully-crafted reflection questions to provoke the students’ learning, to prepare them for class, to prepare themselves to practice accountability, and to motivate them to be more mindful about their approach to leadership. The teaching note is included.Job Design Interview Protocol
The job design interview protocol is an interactive learning tool for learning accountability and job design. We recommend using this activity after a broader discussion about accountability, such as that provided by the “Irresponsibility, Accountability, and Obsessiveness Stories” tool: CPL-2020-001-Accountability-Stories.pdf
Benefit of Accountability
When people lead with accountability, they learn–counterintuitively–that accountability increases freedom and power. On the surface it seems that accountability constrains us, but it does not. By committing ourselves, we are capable of achieving much more than we ever could with careless freedom or by trying to control others.
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