Internal Accountability

Based on years of research regarding peak performance, I have found that there is always one common trait that every great leader, manager, and superstar possess. This is the ability to hold themselves accountable. Great leaders have a very clear understanding of exactly what they want, and know that they’re personally responsible for making their dreams become a reality.  They don’t expect anyone else to accomplish their goals for them. Sure, we all need to surround ourselves with people who support us, challenge us, and help us grow, but at the end of the day, our results are a reflection of how well we hold ourselves accountable.

There’s a lot of talk about Personal Board of Directors groups and I believe they provide value, but as the top leaders we should be utilizing this resource to help us uncover our “blind spots”. If I know I need to make a change in the business, then I should be able to make that change without someone else pushing me to do so. However, since we occasionally need an outside perspective, these groups can be tremendously helpful for increasing awareness of things we haven’t noticed.

I believe that we all have an incredible amount of potential within us that we haven’t even begun to tap into. However past conditioning, limiting belief systems, and fear often keep us from realizing this potential. What do you really want out of life? Who do you really want to be as a leader? What if you could accomplish anything you put your mind to? Well, my friend, you can! When you increase your internal accountability and start taking the necessary steps to move yourself forward, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

I’m not saying that achieving a goal is easy, but it is simple. Simple and easy are two different things. Make it simple by creating a plan, executing that plan, and being willing to challenge yourself. This is much easier said than done, but there are numerous resources out there just waiting for us to utilize them. Whether it’s reading, listening to audio programs or coaching, the power is not only in the resource, but in your personal application of the resource.

As my friend Les Brown likes to say, “If information was the answer, everyone would be skinny, rich, and happy!!!” As we know, this is not the case. Many of us just completed some first quarter leadership training and now we have new  information  that is in need of implementation. Have you ever been to a great seminar, learned a lot, took great notes, and got back to the company only to get sucked back into the day-to-day operation and didn’t utilize a thing you learned? Of course you have! We have all been there, and what I’m advocating is to raise your internal accountability right now, and choose what you’re going to do to improve your business beginning today.

In 2007, Ken Blanchard, Paul J. Meyer, and Dick Ruhe wrote a terrific book entitled Know Can Do: Put Your Know-How into Action. After John, my General Manager read this book, he put together a weekly book study for our Leadership Team. Each week a different leader on the team presented their perspective and understanding of the chapter, and we would follow with an open forum discussion.  It was a very powerful experience. We learned how to take a small piece of information and engrain it into the culture of our company.

I would suggest exploring what you can do in your business to implement a Know Can Domentality. As you implement a strategy and hold others accountable, remember, it begins and ends with you. Check in with your own internal accountability, raise the bar, and enjoy your results as you accomplish your goals!