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Should leaders really be held accountable?

CoachShould leaders be accountable for lack of performance on their teams? Can they blame someone else? Can they blame fate?


I like to use the analogy of a professional athletic coach (college or pro) when asked this question. If the team does poorly; loses the game or has a losing season, is he or she accountable as the coach? Absolutely!

The coach:

  selected the players

  selected the assistant coaches

  prepared the players for the game

  inspires the team to play

  puts the right players in the game

  develops the right strategies during the game

  makes critical decisions at game time

  keeps player motivated during the game

You get the point. Any leader has the same responsibilities and makes the same decisions as above and more. If the ship goes down, the captain better be willing to go down with it. Do you agree? I would like to discuss.   

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Mike Rogers