We all want to work in an environment where all our teammates perform well and deliver on their commitments.
So what can your managers do to foster accountability with employees? Follow my 4-step process for raising levels of accountability with your work teams. Managers must be highly skilled in these 4 behaviors, and the more they deliver on these with specificity, the more accountability you will derive.
Leadership accountability happens when your managers diligently and with quality follow the above behaviors that support employee performance. When they have done everything to help employees perform, they also must make hard decisions and act by following through on specific consequences. Consider the 4 Rs of consequences:
Reward: When performance has improved and personal accountability shown, reward people.
Redeploy: While going through the above steps and new information about an employee comes to light, think about moving this person toward another job more appropriate for their talents.
Release: When a lack of accountability to address performance is observed, despite manager support, release the person, as they are not suited for this role.
Repeat: If performance is not achieved, repeat all the above steps.
Your leaders are all accountable for driving high performance and engagement with their teams. Have your leaders taken accountability for what they can do to help employees succeed? Do they have the skills to deliver on these 4 behaviors with quality? In our Accountability Workshop we provide your managers with practical tools and resources, such as the manager’s checklist to help them become the accountable leaders you expect.
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