5 ways to build Accountability in your Team

Have you been ever asked to manage a virtual team across the globe with their own individual agendas and goals? Grumbled over the lack of initiative or ownership shown by your employees? Or wondered how to get people to do what we need them to do?

Accountability has been a challenge that most organization face. It has been intrinsic to managing expectations, teams, and leadership.


But with a proper approach, accountability can be a low hanging fruit for optimizing team performance and accelerating change.


An effective leader should know that they need a culture of accountability in their teams. Provide the input needed to achieve the expected team performance and hold them accountable. Also, an effective leader should know when to recognize where the individual plays a more vital role and where teamwork plays a more vital role. For instance, in case of an emergency of some sort, one or more individuals need to step up and take the lead. On the other hand, to brainstorm solutions or transform a process, teams are better. Successful strategy execution must allow each of your team members the flexibility they need to make decisions and be held accountable for the results. 

Building team accountability requires hard work and understanding of a few dynamics to make it a continual journey around improvements, innovation and problem-solving.

Here are 5 ways to build Team Accountability

1. Establish clear goals and target

It’s impossible to develop a culture of accountability if one doesn’t know what they need to be accountable for. For team members to be successful, there should be clear goals and targets. Clear goals are measurable and meaningful, and they paint a clear vision for the team.

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2. Develop Accountable Leaders

Training in specific skills and competencies can help leaders understand what it means to be accountable and which behaviors help to demonstrate accountability. By building accountability into the leadership development program, leaders at all levels will learn how to set and communicate expectations and deliver on commitments.

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3. Communicate and Align

Communication and sharing of information ensure that the team is focused and aligned so that everyone is involved and moving in the same direction. For those who manage others, it is also important to communicate the importance of results, so that effort does not get confused with outcomes.

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4. Build Individual Understanding

For any initiative or activity, it’s important for individuals to understand expectations, the resources and support available, and what they need to do to be accountable for their part. This helps in avoiding the pitfalls of over-committing and under-delivering. Mentorship and coaching can help support individual understanding of the need to be accountable.

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5. Provide honest and constructive feedback

Feedback allows the team to know how they are performing, learning, growing and achieving results. Confirming with them that their work is hitting the mark, or that it might be falling short of expectations, is helpful. Constructive feedback takes it to the next level by providing the team with strategies for improvement and their own personal leadership development.

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LSF Global can help your organization cultivate a culture of accountable leadership with a customized learning journey for your leaders using our research-backed modules. Available leadership topics include Accountable Leadership, Communication, Conflict Management, Collaborating Effectively, Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback, Innovative Leadership, Managing Hybrid Teams and more.

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