As discussed last week, it is difficult, if not impossible, for leaders to lead others if we do not lead ourselves.
Whether implicitly or explicitly, leaders are accountable – we assume responsibility for the outcomes of our teams. For achieving the organization’s goals through the execution of others.
What is Personal Accountability?
Personal accountability is a step beyond the expectations of the role. It is about our own personal commitment to getting the job done. Regardless of who is doing the work.
Leadership is not just about how we lead others. It is also about how we lead ourselves.
It is difficult to genuinely care for others, for example, if we do not also care for ourselves.
While we may put ourselves last occasionally (or regularly, but that’s a story for another day), we must apply the same leadership principles to ourselves if we want to make them core to who we are and how we lead.
Empowerment is a perfect example of this concept.
Where you are in your career has a significant impact on your perspective. The perspective shift can occur due to time and distance from an event or experience, the maturity that comes with age, or role changes.
The move from individual contributor to manager, as well as the increased responsibility of more senior leadership positions, each shift our lens – our awareness – of what is going on around us.
When we start out, our work may seem challenging but manageable. However, as we move up and have more responsibility, we start to see the near misses. Maybe see that the ground we thought was solid beneath us, has hazards below.