5 ways to foster accountability

Fostering accountability among our coworkers and employees begins with clarity. You must be clear about the end game – and the steps it will take to get there.

While there is no easy prescription for fostering accountability, being unclear about expectations thwarts it from the start.

Peter Bregman writes in the Harvard Business Review that accountability is “responsibility to an outcome, not just a set of tasks. It’s taking initiative with thoughtful, strategic follow-through.” He adds that accountability is not “taking the blame when something goes wrong. It’s not a confession.”

He suggests five areas where you should aim for clarity to foster accountability in those around you. These areas include:

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