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5 C’s of Accountability

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Improving personal accountability and accepting responsibility for your actions will benefit you in various ways. You will improve not only as a person but also as a professional. You’ll contribute value wherever you go and feel more organized in your life.

The definition of accountability might seem very simple, but you must understand that accountability is more than just a definition or concept. You cannot apply it in your daily life if you are not ready to make it your habit. And, in order to make it your habit and become an accountable leader, you must know the basics- the 5 C’s of accountability.

5 C’s of accountability provide a framework or a model that you can universally apply to gain excellent results.

Seems intriguing, right?

Let’s jump on the crucial details without delaying further.

What Is the Concept of Accountability?

Accountability entails taking responsibility for your actions and ensuring that you do what you say you will do. So, taking personal responsibility for the situations in which you’ve been involved is known as personal accountability. 

One of the most crucial things a great leader does is hold people or themselves accountable for actions. It isn’t easy to do; being accountable takes bravery, but the results are pretty enticing. As a result, there is a desire among leaders to increase accountability.

Understand that a lack of accountability may permeate throughout a company, lowering production and destroying morale.

The 5 C’s of Accountability

Now that you know what accountability is and why is it crucial for business/team leaders, let’s get back to the basics. Here is the list of all the C’s of accountability along with a brief explanation for each, have a look-

Common Purpose

Connect what you want the team to do and why you want them to spend time on a specific task. What’s the goal of it all? What difference does it make? We have a tendency to tell a group of people what to do but forget to explain why.

Doing this will help you and your employees/team members understand the gravity of the situation or the importance of getting work done. It will also help them understand the consequences or repercussions if the expectations are not met timely. Once they know the importance, they will be able to streamline everything in a better way.

Clear Expectations

What do you want the team to accomplish in the end? What are the tasks that they are accountable for? These are the accountability questions that leaders should answer to their teams in order to establish clear expectations. You’ll need to tell the team over and over again so that everyone understands what’s required of them.

Make sure that you tell them the bit they are accountable for or the work that they have to do. Don’t explain others’ responsibilities in detail as it might confuse the team members, and they might lose the clarity of their goal.

Communicate and Align

Communication and alignment are the souls of any team because they promote long-term success.

Tell your team members how are they going to accomplish what you’ve asked of them. Help them with understanding what resources they might need to use.

You have to maintain everyone’s concentration and focus, particularly on their tasks. It is a leader’s responsibility as part of their leadership development to keep a team focused and aligned. Ensuring this will help in knowing that everyone is involved and moving in the same direction.

Coach and Collaborate

Understand that your job isn’t over after assigning the tasks to your team members; it isn’t just their responsibility. You have to be at their side all the time and coach them. Collaborate with them and help them solve all the problems.

Being a leader, you must know what roadblocks must be removed and how can you assist in their removal. Remember that if the task you’ve given your team is critical, it demands your support.

Consequences

Consequences should not always be intimidating. If you being a leader, know the consequences, then it isn’t necessary to scare your team members; you should instead discuss it with them appropriately.

Ask and answer more questions rather than giving statements. Talk to your team strategically rather than tactically. It will help you and your team maintain stability while knowing the repercussions.

Additionally, you must ensure that team members are not given attention only when something goes wrong. You have to bring them in the spotlight even when they do something good, appreciate them immediately, don’t wait for the weekly meeting.

Summing It Up!

Accountability is a necessary trait and requirement for every leader. You will notice a significant difference if you make your team and yourself more accountable.

Now that you know the 5 C’s of accountability get started with your action plan and be a good team leader.

All the best!

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This involves being an International Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works with high-performing teams and individuals across Australia/NZ, UK, USA, Europe and Asia to help get results, achieve their wildest dreams, and smash goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world and small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation across the globe, and are based on actions and results:

  • Get clarity - know what to do first
  • Get started - know what to do next
  • Get Sh!t Done - know what to do more of

How can The Accountability Guy® help you?

Whenever you and/or your team are ready, here are four ways to become more accountable...


    1. Take "The Accountability Scorecard"

    How accountable are you? Discover your accountability score and increase the probability of smashing your goals and Getting Sh!t Done!. Take the quiz

    2. Read my new book
    "The Accountability Advantage - Play Your Best Game"

    Eliminate procrastination and overwhelm, and start playing your best game. Buy a copy

    3. Study my online course "Accountability Made Easy"

    For high-performing goal-kickers who want to achieve even more success in work and in life. Enrol now and become accountable in a matter of hours. Enrol now

    4. Book a complimentary 1-on-1 coaching "Unboxing Session"

    Start delivering on your promises and get your team to do the same. Book here.

For more information on all my coaching programs, click here.


Are you a high-performing entrepreneur who wants to achieve more?

Mastering accountability is your superpower!

Categories

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.


Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.


Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This involves being an International Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works with high-performing teams and individuals across Australia/NZ, UK, USA, Europe and Asia to help get results, achieve their wildest dreams, and smash goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world and small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation across the globe, and are based on actions and results:

  • Get clarity - know what to do first
  • Get started - know what to do next
  • Get Sh!t Done - know what to do more of

How can The Accountability Guy® help you?

Whenever you and/or your team are ready, here are four ways to become more accountable...


    1. Take "The Accountability Scorecard"

    How accountable are you? Discover your accountability score and increase the probability of smashing your goals and Getting Sh!t Done!. Take the quiz

    2. Read my new book
    "The Accountability Advantage - Play Your Best Game"

    Eliminate procrastination and overwhelm, and start playing your best game. Buy a copy

    3. Study my online course "Accountability Made Easy"

    For high-performing goal-kickers who want to achieve even more success in work and in life. Enrol now and become accountable in a matter of hours. Enrol now

    4. Book a complimentary 1-on-1 coaching "Unboxing Session"

    Start delivering on your promises and get your team to do the same. Book here.

For more information on all my coaching programs, click here.


Are you a high-performing entrepreneur who wants to achieve more?

Mastering accountability is your superpower!

Categories