One of the greatest achievements for a manager is having subordinates that have high levels of accountability, as such quality contributes mightily towards productivity.
The inquiry that readily comes to the mind of such an executive is this: “how do I invigorate my team members to show initiative, step up and become accountable?”
If this question has crossed your mind, here are some steps you might want to review:
1) Get to know your team individually
Managers need to invest a good amount of time in their respective teams. This investment affords such supervisors the opportunity to get the know them intimately by understanding their goals, ambitions, and general peculiarities.
This first step can be done by booking weekly or fortnightly meetings – it takes time and doesn’t happen overnight.
2) Clearly communicate
Actively engaging with your team as openly as possible, and, as they wish to be communicated to is another top tactic.
The idea is simple, if you want to inspire people towards achieving a greater level of initiative and responsibility, you need to ensure that you’re engaging each individual in the manner that they understand and respond to best.
This is only possible if you spend enough time to get to know their personality types and working styles.
3) Understand how each person fits into a group
Once you have an intimate understanding of who your team members are, you’ll be able to define better how they fit into the group.
You’re able to infuse a better kind of specificity to their roles, assign the correct assignments and cultivate an atmosphere of comradery, which will also increase personal accountability.
With this sort of positive ecosystem, your team would come to the realisation that they need to do their respective parts to move the company’s productive needle.
4) Keep track of progress
Make sure to measure the advancement of each employee. To do this, ensure that you’ve set clear expectations and goals for them to measure their work against and report their growth. Frequent check-ins and follow-ups are an excellent way of accomplishing this.
5) Help them see the big picture
Great managers go the extra mile of setting their team up for success by teaching them how to win.
They do this by helping them align their individual objectives with that of other people (within the immediate team) and the organisation as a whole.
As you can see, these are practical steps, which if implemented correctly, would enable any Manager to empower his/her team to reach superior levels of accountability.