4 Point Friday: Are You or Your Team Avoiding Accountability?

April 10, 2020

“Accountability. It is not only what we do, but also what’s we do not do, for which we are accountable.” - Moilere

lack of accountabilityThe fourth dysfunction in our journey through the five dysfunctions is avoidance of accountability. The quote above encapsulates it well, as accountability isn’t just our words and actions, but also what we don’t do but are still accountable for.


Think here about delegating responsibility to someone else some action or objective you are accountable for, and it does not get done or not done well. You would (or should) be accountable for the outcome.

Accountability can be the glue for a strong team that is committed and gets results, or when it is lacking, can be like acid that can disintegrate teams and create poor outcomes. If you are a leader of a team, you are accountable for the team, the individuals, and the outcomes in terms of performance. If you are a team member, you need to be accountable to yourself but more importantly, accountable to the rest of the team.


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