Gut Check: How Will You Be An Accountable Leader in 2015?

January 5, 2015 Vince Molinaro
Gut Check: How Will You Be An Accountable Leader in 2015?

This past year has been a very active one for me. My team and I have continued to successfully grow the Talent and Leadership Development practice at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions.

I’ve also been very busy on the speaker’s circuit delivering over 70 keynote presentations based on my book, The Leadership Contract. The reaction has been very positive and it’s gratifying to know that my work is having impact to leaders everywhere.

And yet, as I reflect on this past year, it continues to be clear to me that organizations across North America are still struggling with leadership accountability.

In fact, it’s why I proclaimed 2014 as the Year of Leadership Accountability. It was a way to bring greater attention to this critical business issue.

But what does it mean to be an accountable leader? It’s a question I get a lot in my client work and presentations.


In what tangible ways will you need to take full ownership of your leader role in 2015?
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To me, it means taking personal ownership for one’s words, actions and business outcomes. It means being the leader who gets important work done, always moving things forward and taking full ownership of a leadership role.

In 2014, I posed a number of questions to leaders that helped prepare them for the challenges of the year ahead. Given that 2015 is shaping up to be as challenging as the year before, I think those same questions are just as relevant now as they were a year ago.

  1. How will you need to demonstrate leadership accountability in 2015?
  2. What important work will you need to get done to leave your organization in a better place than it is now?
  3. How will you need to move things forward in your organization in 2015?
  4. In what tangible ways will you need to take full ownership for your role?

I wish you continued success in your own leadership role and as always, encourage you to reach out and engage in a discussion with other leaders.

This year’s first gut check question asks: how will you be an accountable leader in 2015?

About the Author

Vince Molinaro

Vince Molinaro is the Global Managing Director of Strategic Solutions at Lee Hecht Harrison. He is also the author of The Leadership Contract – a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Vince has spent more than 20 years as an adviser to boards and senior executives looking to improve leadership in their organizations.

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