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Does leadership improve accountability?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

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Leadership plays a vital role in grooming future managers and leaders of the organization. So, therefore the current administration follows the golden rules of accountability; then, yes, they will help the perfect examples in front of the employees and the team members. And as they set exemplary standards of accountability, then they are setting the right and clear expectations of what the organization expects, how one should build the relationship, how one should be proactive, and how everyone can build a healthy relationship and work together and finally how they can consume time efficiently in delivering high performance and not wasting blaming each other. So, let’s discuss what accountable behaviors leadership can demonstrate to their employees.

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Accountable behaviors demonstrated by leadership

Building trustworthy relationships at work

This is the key to the success of employee engagement and employee satisfaction at work. When employees are happy and respected at work, they tend to stay at the organization longer. So, when the leadership demonstrates how they can work better on their relationships and not blame each other for mistakes, the co-workers learn to respect the other member. That’s where the trust factor comes into play. When the workers learn to respect each other, then they learn to work efficiently with each other.

Standing up to mistakes

As a leader, you can set a great example by showing your team how to stand up for your failures. As a manager, you are not only accountable for your performance, but you are equally accountable for your team’s failure and achievements as well. So, when you stand up for your team’s losses, the team members learn to respect you even more.

Demonstrating proactive behavior

Everyone faces challenges when working on any project. So, as leadership, you must preach how to be proactive and plan for challenges in advance. Please give them the open-door policy and let them know they are welcome to discuss the challenges and possible ways out. Let them know that they are welcome to brainstorm for better ideas.

Showing goal-oriented behavior

When the leadership shares with their team members that they are equally accountable for the purposes they are. The team learns to be more focused on their milestones.

Sharing and measuring progress

As leadership, you must measure your progress and share how you evaluate and monitor your performance and progress with your team members. That will teach them to do so and instill confidence to improve their performance.


Let your employees know that feedback is essential to grooming future managers. Therefore, feedbacks are welcome both ways, whether you are providing them their feedback or they are giving you feedback. Let them know that feedbacks help you improve your performance.

Building road map

As accountable leaders, you must share how they can create a practical road map to guide them toward their goals and improve their performances. If you communicate and monitor your progress with the help of the road map you have created, it will help you focus on the final goal and help you achieve it faster.

How leadership improves accountability?

Well, if the leadership demonstrates all the critical aspects of accountability and teaches their employees how important accountability is to improve performance. Then it can help bring in the necessary change in the employees. When leadership sets exemplary examples in front of employees, employees tend to follow their mentors and learn from them. If the leadership believes in accountability as the key aspect, then they will ensure that proper training is provided to everyone. Practicing accountability will help in creating trust and faith in each other. The results will be in front of every employee; they will see good relationships at work and good teamwork, and no one will hesitate to work on a project with others. Accountable leadership will help in building and strengthening the organization’s culture. Finally, leadership will encourage empowerment, transparency, and self-discipline, some key traits to improve performance at work.


As said earlier, leadership plays an essential role in grooming future managers and leaders of the organization. As the organization grows and progresses, so do the employees and supervision of the organization. So, if the leadership is accountable for their actions and decisions, they will set the proper accountability standards at work. Due to this, the employees working will also learn about accountability and its importance. Accountability will then help in employee empowerment, engagement, and commitments at work. If the leadership sets good examples of accountability at work, then the employees will learn from them more effectively, and when the employees are provided with proper coaching on accountability, they will observe how their leadership adopts and practices the same. This way, they will build a culture of trust and respect for each other. They will also create more effective and proactive teamwork.