We had a wonderful Breakthrough Conference this year that helped hundreds of middle market managers and CEOs achieve breakthrough execution. In my keynote, I shared that ImageFIRST achieved consistent growth every year for the last 12 years. Many attendees asked me to share more about how they were able to build a high-performance culture to produce great business results and impact the bottom line.
Leadership is complex. There are countless books and decades of research on the topic, and you can work for a whole lifetime and never perfect the art of good leadership. While there is definitely no “easy button” for effective leadership, we do have some simple tools you can implement to improve your accountable leadership skills.
Accountability can be a scary word. For many, it sounds punitive - and that’s because most of us associate “accountability” with “consequences” when, in fact, accountability is about being responsible for and really owning our own performance and results. Accountability shouldn’t be a dirty word in your culture; if you have created the right environment, accountability should thrive without people cowering away in fear.
Most of us just don’t like to have hard accountability conversations. Conversations in which you need someone to hear you can be tough for a number of reasons, but in the end, it’s a leader’s job to have the uncomfortable conversations with team members. You can't build a high performance organization without this leadership skill. Whether you like it or not, you must master having a conversation that gets the point across that you need to see someone do something differently. The secret, then, is doing it in such a way as to build personal accountability (which, if accomplished, will minimize the number of times you have to have the same type of conversation with the same person).
To give your business an edge against the competition in 2019, you might be considering some ways to level yourself up in the process. Instead of looking for extra hours, more meetings, and hiring new personnel to help you tackle it all, have you considered using fitness to your advantage? The benefits of being physically active and healthy are many, but for the business-minded, the boost in mental productivity, creativity, and optimism are three tools you need to increase your success in the coming year.