I have received many questions from business owners and leaders about how to hold others accountable so that you can lead your team to achieve extraordinary results. In the upcoming weeks I will be sharing six lessons I’ve learned about being a leader who powerfully holds others accountable:

How to be a Leader who holds others Accountable

1: Clean Up My Own Act

For starters, I take the time to reflect and identify those areas in my business and personal life where I have broken agreements or promises.

I make a list of relationships where I experience a loss of energy, where I haven’t claimed ownership.

For instance, when someone says they’ll do something by a certain time, I notice they didn’t do it and don’t say anything, integrity is missing and we experience a loss of personal power.

It is at these times I realize that my power comes from integrity. Integrity IS power!

People’s lives are often run by their own reasonableness… “I was late because of the dog, the bridge or the traffic.” Integrity at its core means honoring one’s word. Integrity lives in accountability… the willingness to account for what you say. It includes being in communication the instant you know that you are not going to deliver on what you said you’d do.

It includes taking responsibility for the consequences of my broken promises and helping to clean up any mess I made… all because I honor my word.

Author's Bio: 

Are you a small business owner who would like to discover unique, cutting edge approaches for leading your team to double sales while making an extraordinary impact in your business?

Leslie has over 20 years of experience in leading workshops, educational seminars and empowering small business owners and entrepreneurs around the topic of empowering their teams to double their sales and achieve outrageous results while making an extraordinary impact.
Leslie is an international author whose work has appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and a monthly columnist for “Balance: A Magazine for Montana Women”.
Leslie is a radio personality and former talk show radio host. She hosted her own weekly 2-hour call-in talk radio show called “Living Richly,” and has appeared live on CBS (formally CNN) News Talk Radio. She interviewed experts like 6-time Oprah guest Olivia Mellan and SARK whose national bestsellers have sold more than two million copies, and numerous other authors and speakers.
Award-winning Small Business Mentor and Teamwork expert, Leslie Cunningham is one of the leading experts in empowering small business owners to double their sales, performance and bottom line profits with their employee teams.
She has over 20 years experience in working with small business owners and entrepreneurs and facilitating groups, developing educational programs and building cohesive teams to achieve breakthrough results.