Lesson 3: Recognizing That People Want to Avoid Accountability

I have received many questions from business owners and leaders about how to hold others accountable so they can lead their team to achieve extraordinary results.

This is lesson #3 out of six lessons I’ve learned about being a leader who powerfully holds others accountable.

I realize that it’s part of the existing human culture to avoid accountability. People avoid accountability because they are afraid of being punished if things don’t turn out.

We avoid accountability because we are afraid of failing; of looking bad; of being judged by others. It seems easier to keep our head down, stay in the background and drift along, waiting to react to what shows up.

We gather our explanations and try to survive the forces that seem to determine our lives and our business.

In contrast, when I operate as my word, I am committed to my own empowerment. I am stepping outside the comfort zone of the current culture.

I am holding myself to account. I am giving up the reasons and excuses I used to hold myself back. Now I am actively tracking, i.e., measuring and counting, my results over time.

I am willing to make bold commitments and then measure my success at achieving them (measuring tangible results and outcomes, i.e., customers, clients, sales, income, etc.)

Stay tuned for Accountability Lesson #4: How to inspire your team to set outrageous goals – and accomplish them!

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.