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What is a Team Leader Accountable For?

What is a Team Leader Accountable For?

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As a leader, you’re accountable for everything that goes on in your department

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When you become a leader or a manager, the first realisation that hits you is that you are no longer individually accountable. You are now responsible for an entire team which you are supposed to lead towards a common goal. And that’s why it’s crucial for a team leader to understand what he or she is specifically responsible for and who they are accountable to. You see we are responsible for things and accountable to people.

Without having a clear idea of what encompasses your job scope, you won’t be in a position to perform your job effectively. Following are some of the critical aspects that you’re accountable for as a team leader:

1. Suitable Recruitment

It’s your team and it’s your responsibility to build a good one. It’s a difficult process that’s why you need to create a strategy and identify the characteristics and qualifications you’re looking for. You should also be able to understand the strengths and weaknesses of people working under you. That will enable you to assign the right tasks to the right people allowing your teams to hit their targets within the given deadlines.

2. Define & Communicate Expectations

As a team leader, you have to clearly lay out what you expect from every team member. Without two way communication related to clearly defined job roles and expectations, you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for. It’s also a great idea to let your team know about the shared goal – the single big objective – so they feel accountable to do their part. When employees learn how their contribution will fit in to achieve a bigger objective and how their work will affect others, they’re more likely to keep themselves in check.

3. Providing Feedback

A good team leader is an engaged and involved team member. You can’t just assign the task and wait for the deadline to arrive. As a team leader, you need to keep checking in, again and again, to see how different tasks are progressing and whether some of the team members need guidance or assistance to get the job done. This initiative also ensures that everything is going in the right direction enabling you to make the required corrections along the way.

4. Exercising Empathy & Compassion

Look, it doesn’t matter how great your team is or how amazing you’re as a leader. There will be times when things don’t go according to the plan. Sometimes someone will struggle with a certain task, the other times some unfortunate incident might become a hurdle. Being a team leader, you need to be there for the team to console, motivate and provide the emotional support they need for course correction.

5. Giving Due Credit

Every success your team member achieves is your success too. But a good leader gives the credit where it’s due. Celebrate the wins of your team members, provide positive motivation through incentives, and set the bar high with leading by example. A team leader who is hesitant to compliment or appreciate their team can never develop a deep connection with his or her team.

Final Word

Remember that accountability can’t be forced onto people. It is a virtue that comes from within. That’s why, as a good team leader, your job isn’t to push people into submission and exploiting them until they deliver what you want. Your real job is to bring out the best in people by clearly outlining their job, giving them respect, appreciating their wins, and providing them with a shoulder to cry on when things are tough.

If you are an accountable team leader, your team will automatically follow your suit. Strong leadership is when others follow from your lead and the examples you have set.

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

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

Darren works together with high-performing teams and individuals to help get results, achieve your wildest dreams, and smash your goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world, and in 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, and are based on actions and results:

  • Read The Accountability Advantage – Play Your Best Game book for Darren’s most recent insights into accountability.
  • Check out Darren’s D.I.Y online program: Accountability Made Easy.
  • Hire Darren to be your private Accountability Coach via one of his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions are conducted via Zoom video calls or face-to-face meetings (subject to Darren’s travel policy and COVID restrictions).
  • For teams of 3 – 7 people, Darren offers Group Accountability Programs, ideal for networking groups and alumni organisations.
  • My Team Accountability Program is a powerful tool for sales teams, project teams, virtual teams and operational teams.
    Both Group and Team Accountability Programs are a shared learning environment where you’ll learn from others and shared from their experiences. We can work with your team members one-on-one, in pairs, or in a configuration that suits your needs best.
  • Darren can be a Speaker at your next event, workshop, or conference. Whether it’s done face-to-face or virtually, it’s a genuinely engaging experience.

Who can The Accountability Guy® help?

  • Do you work hard, but still not achieve your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need directions on how to get your business to the next level?
  • Are you a high-performing, successful individual or team that would like to ‘juggle more balls in the air’?

Accountability is the superpower you must learn to harness:

Hope will not fix your situation, as doing nothing makes things worse. We need to take action now or tomorrow’s results will be the same as today.

Implementation and execution are key:

We’ll make sure you follow the plan and meet your deadlines. This is true accountability. Together we’ll meet your commitments, goals, and promises you’ve made to yourself and others.

Don’t let people down anymore – especially those important to you!

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How likely are you to achieve your goals, promises, obligations, and commitments on your own?

Darren will support you to become truly accountable!

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 entails being an Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works together with high-performing teams and individuals to help get results, achieve your wildest dreams, and smash your goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world, and in 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, and are based on actions and results:

  • Read The Accountability Advantage – Play Your Best Game book for Darren’s most recent insights into accountability.
  • Check out Darren’s D.I.Y online program: Accountability Made Easy.
  • Hire Darren to be your private Accountability Coach via one of his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions are conducted via Zoom video calls or face-to-face meetings (subject to Darren’s travel policy and COVID restrictions).
  • For teams of 3 – 7 people, Darren offers Group Accountability Programs, ideal for networking groups and alumni organisations.
  • My Team Accountability Program is a powerful tool for sales teams, project teams, virtual teams and operational teams.
    Both Group and Team Accountability Programs are a shared learning environment where you’ll learn from others and shared from their experiences. We can work with your team members one-on-one, in pairs, or in a configuration that suits your needs best.
  • Darren can be a Speaker at your next event, workshop, or conference. Whether it’s done face-to-face or virtually, it’s a genuinely engaging experience.

Who can The Accountability Guy® help?

  • Do you work hard, but still not achieve your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need directions on how to get your business to the next level?
  • Are you a high-performing, successful individual or team that would like to ‘juggle more balls in the air’?

Accountability is the superpower you must learn to harness:

Hope will not fix your situation, as doing nothing makes things worse. We need to take action now or tomorrow’s results will be the same as today.

Implementation and execution are key:

We’ll make sure you follow the plan and meet your deadlines. This is true accountability. Together we’ll meet your commitments, goals, and promises you’ve made to yourself and others.

Don’t let people down anymore – especially those important to you!

-----------------------------------------
How likely are you to achieve your goals, promises, obligations, and commitments on your own?

Darren will support you to become truly accountable!

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