Accountability is important for any team. Without accountability, people won’t take ownership to make sure the work is done right.
One mistake leaders make is that they feel they need to go it alone and be the only accountable person in the team. This isn’t always true. It takes a team effort to achieve results. Yes, you are accountable for the overall success of the team. But that doesn’t mean your team members can’t be accountable for smaller parts of the whole puzzle.
Think of accountability in this way:When everybody is accountable, nobody is accountable.
If you fail to delegate accountability for the task to one person, nobody has ownership.
When “we’re all accountable”, nobody owns the task. This is why it’s important to be specific. What you don’t want is a situation where team members say “I thought (someone else) was doing it!”
Here’s how we overcome this challenge:
Remember, if everyone is accountable, nobody is accountable.
Written by Sahar Habib