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The Buck Stops Here!

The Buck Stops Here!

It stops here..

When I originally sat down to write this article it was all set to be a somewhat contentious post. A “who do you want to work for” and a “what kind of person are you TO work for” type missive. An article designed (hopefully!) to have asked a few awkward questions about personal accountability and the need in work, as in life, to have that ability, that wherewithal to be able to take a stand for what you believe in. To take one for the team. To be a leader that knows how to lead from the front.

The Buck Stops Here.

But I threw that article away.

Sadly it has only been only 10 months since we published another article on Goal Setting in the wake of a terrorist attack in Paris.

So today I am going to ask for a different kind of accountability. One that goes beyond the scope of what I first set out to write. But – the principle is the same.

The Buck Stops Here.

Being accountable is hard. Let’s not make any bones about that. It takes balls to stand up and take full responsibility for all aspects of performance and behaviour. To own the mistakes as well as the plaudits.

So let’s think about this for a second: Honesty. Integrity. Responsibility. Apology. Feedback. These are the skills required for true leadership. These are the skills needed for true accountability.

These are the type of people I want working with me, the type of company I want to work for.

This is the type of leader I endeavour to be.

But – after this weekend – I think it needs to be more than that.

These are the type of skills we all need in our lives. We need to take a personal and collective responsibility for what is happening across the globe. Paris is not the only victim of terrorism in the last few days. It is over simplistic to blame a religion, a country, a refugee. The crisis is global. Our accountability needs to be the same. So for a business focus on accountability take a read here

But for a personal take on leadership and accountability then the words of John Donne may strike a chord.

No man is an island,Entire of itself,Every man is a piece of the continent,A part of the main.If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend’s Or of thine own were: Any man’s death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind,

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

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