Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jocko Willink on accountability

"From a leadership perspective, I always say that accountability is a tool, but it should not be your leading tool. I've worked with a lot of companies along the way...where their answer to every problem that they're having is that they just need to have more accountability. And it sounds great because, let's face it, if you're my employee and I need you to do x, y, and z every day, and every day I sit there and watch you do x, y, and z.... I've held you accountable for doing them and they get done 100% because I've watched you. But where the problem comes is that I don't just have you as my employee. I've got a team of 15 people and I've got other things that are happening, so I can't watch 15 people.... I can't hold everyone accountable. So accountability from a leadership perspective, it doesn't really work because no leader has the time to hold everyone accountable for every single task that they're doing. So what we actually want to do is we want to lead people. That's what our goal is."  - Jocko Willink  (Source


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