Last week I travelled back to Ireland and one of the best things was the chance to meet my brand new niece and God Daughter, Muireann. With my own children well past the baby stage being with Muireann has helped me remember the wonderful things we can learn from babies. Here are the things she has reminded me of and how these lessons help me to be a better Coach. They may well resonate with being a better leader equally well.
There is an interesting development across universities globally that takes its influence from American universities. That is the commencement address at graduation. The more famous ones recently include Steve Jobs at Stanford, Bono at Harvard and even Lisa Kudrow from Friends spoke to her old alma mater.
This weeks article is lifted completely from an amazing address given to the Texas University last month. Admiral William H. McRaven gave a powerful and insightful address from which any leader can learn. This is longer than most of our articles but worth the read. Please feel free to copy and distribute.
A primary role of an organisation leader is to ensure strategy execution. Therefore, we can safely say that one of the key responsibilities for the leader is to ensure accountability is upheld within the organisation.
Many leaders struggle in this area and we believe it is because accountability is a multilayered and sometimes complex notion as opposed to the simplified version of “I will ensure you do what you say you will do”.