As a researcher and through my many years of work as a strategic advisor and leadership coach, I’ve identified the main elements of building an accountability mindset. It’s not at all surprising that as in most things in life, in order for organizations to make the most out of an accountability mindset culture, they need to realize that both the individual and the organization are required to establish such a mindset.
On the individual level, there are certain skills that the individual needs to cultivate in order to embrace an accountability mindset. These skills include Emotional Intelligence (the 5 EI skills as defined by Daniel Goleman – self-awareness, self-recognition, motivation, empathy, social skills), Communication (active listening, effective questioning, responding, effective speaking), Purpose, Agility, Adaptability, Flexibility, Curiosity, and Complex Problem Solving.
On the organizational level, there are certain traits that the organization needs to possess or cultivate in order to foster accountability and make the most out of the accountability mindset approach. These traits include Respect, Integrity, Authenticity, Honesty, Consistency, Learning Agility, Empowerment, and Decisiveness.
The accountability mindset can and should be applied at the individual, team, and organizational level. When an organization embraces an accountability mindset, employees will feel more respected and safe to take on more initiatives. They will be given the opportunity to flourish. When individuals embrace an accountability mindset, they are more likely to thrive – and they are more likely to influence thriving amongst their teams and organizations.