The Price of Not Holding Others Accountable

PriceAfter a leadership development seminar I presented in Wisconsin last week, I read an article in a local newspaper that we can all learn from.

Apparently, two Milwaukee police officers decided to sue the city after their complaints to their supervisor(s) of harassment and threats from a fellow officer were ignored.

Unfortunately, the complaints led to retaliation and continued bullying from the fellow officer in question.

Now, I’m not here to lay blame, pick sides or judge anybody involved – the courts can do that.

However, there is a lesson to be reinforced … and that is, leaders must act on behavior inconsistent with company values and policies.

My leadership tip for you this week is to remind you that as a leader you must hold others accountable for their actions, behaviors and performance.

Weak leaders look the other way when they should be holding others accountable.

Exceptional leaders embrace accountability and are effective at holding themselves and others accountable.

Here are 5 – challenges you could be faced with when you’re a leader who struggles with holding people accountable:

Diminishing credibility
Loss of trust and respect
Chaotic work environment
Disengaged employees
Law suits

“Sir Josiah Stamp once said “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”

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How Courageous of a Leader Are You ?

ddayToday (June 6) is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Ever think about D-Day?

Ever think about what it must have been like to been there on the shores of Normandy that day?

I don’t know about you, but the thought gives me shivers. So my thoughts go to the courage of those that were there and the leaders who devised the plan … and executing the plan did take courage … I tip my hat to those who were there.

I find courage for the seeming little things lacking with many leaders today.

I’d like to see more courage in saying what has to be said … and doing what has to be done … and taking action on unacceptable performance levels as an example.

However, Sir Winston Churchill reminds us; “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

How is your courage? How many times in the past six months have you demonstrated that you’re a courageous leader?

My leadership tip for you this week is to ask you to challenge yourself by keeping a scorecard to track your courage. Give yourself a point for every legitimate courageous act you make over the next 90 days.

With a low score, you may find that maybe, just maybe you are missing opportunities that are holding you and your organization back. You’ve got to have courage !

Accept this challenge but do so with this clear perspective … “efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

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