Don’t Count on the Boss: Peer Accountability

Accountability.pngA great force multiplier

Peer-to-peer accountability is a great force multiplier for teams; peers who hold each other accountable achieve superior results. As Mia Hamm, retired soccer Olympian, said “I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.” Great teammates know this instinctively.

Great teams have a passionate and persistent loyalty to the team’s commitments; it surpasses their commitment to personal achievement. Because of that, they don’t wait for the boss to get involved when someone is not doing their part. They don’t tattle. They don’t triangulate. They speak directly to their teammates in a caring yet forthright manner. They create a culture of accountability that endures even when no one is watching.

And things get done

Strong peer accountability is more effective and efficient than any policy could ever be. Team self-management takes little effort from the organization and yet ensures exceptional organizational results.

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Gwen Voelpel

Gwen Voelpel has 20 years of experience in coaching and mentoring leaders at all levels of organizations. She has an undergraduate degree in communications, a graduate degree in public administration, and has served as an executive leader in several organizations. Gwen is an accredited Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and Everything DiSC Workplace Facilitator and a Certified Master in Training for The Leadership Challenge.