Becoming an accountable leader

Although there are many people in positions of leadership, there are few leaders. One misperception preventing people from transforming into leaders is that they view accountability as unidirectional; once you are on top, you call the shots and do not have to answer to your followers.

Bidirectional accountability is where both parties are forthright in reporting the fulfillment of their roles and responsibilities. Gone are the days of passing the responsibility or failure down the ladder to those below you, blaming them for your own misjudgment to protect your infallible image. The ironic thing about being a leader with bidirectional accountability is that your followers actually respect you more and are more responsible as you demonstrate the process and power of accountability.