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ACCOUNTABILITY

(This post first appeared in Smart Brief on Leadership on October 2, 2014)

Accountability in leadership is not a new mindset, as many books and schools over the years have presented. From J. Paul Getty to Rudy Giuliani, leaders of all backgrounds and intentions have attempted to define the subject.

Yet for the many thoughts presented there has been a drift from self-accountability to accountability throughout the entire organization. Over the past couple of decades, a shift has occurred which has made accountability a negative and fearful concept.

True accountability needs to be a defined mindset and instigated by the leader themselves. This mindset must be inverted and promoted in a more positive light in order to be effective.

Anyone who absolves themselves of responsibility cannot effectively lead others, but sets a tone for blame-shifting. A leader of this type poses performance and financial challenges before their organization through distrust…

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