Make Yourself Accountable

When it comes to building a career, the buck stops with you. Here's how to reap the rewards by taking responsibility.

consulting firm, offers some tips for when you go from co-worker to supervisor.

  • Realize that authority impacts relationships. Face it, your relationship with your peers will change. Now that you’re in charge, be prepared for different expectations and behavior from them. Come to terms with the fact that things will be different.
  • Define the new relationship. Ask yourself: What kind of boss do I want to be? How will I treat employees and, in turn, how do I want them to treat me? If this relationship is clear, achieving your goals will be easier.
  • Don’t take things personally. Everything from envy, anger, and mistrust to overfriendliness may cloud your relationship with your former peers. These reactions have less to do with you than with your new status. Stay focused and continue to maintain harmonious relationships.
  • Pull back on the reins. Don’t turn into the boss overnight. Discuss with your co-workers the roles they see themselves playing. Listen to what they have to say about their expectations. Doing this will help you spot potential problems early.
  • Learn by example. Remember the boss you liked the best? Try to mirror that relationship. Apply those same skills in asserting your authority positively and effectively.
  • Seek advice, but do what’s best for you. Other managers will tell you everything from “Stay friends” to “Let them know who’s boss.” Find a management style that works best for your goals, needs, and personality.
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How to Improve Your Accountability
Change your attitude about colleagues and work. Take 100% responsibility for events in your life. Ask yourself, “Am I avoiding responsibility?”

Learn self-management skills. Managers may be disappearing, but managing is not. Plan, prioritize, execute, and focus on your own work.

Assess your competency level. Your skills should be consistent with the market. Make sure you’re not easily replaceable.

Accept continuous learning as a way of life. Take advantage of the training programs at your organization. Tapes, books, classes, seminars, and, most of all, a personal and professional mentor, should be mainstays. White males take five times more, and white women take three times more training classes than African Americans.

Read. Empowerment for High-Performing Organizations by William Guillory and Linda Galindo, and Realizations by William Guillory. Both books are published by Innovations International. To order, call 800-487-3354.

Knowledge is the only key to security. It also gives you the ability to integrate information and create new systems. Learn all you can, process what you’ve learned, and, then, apply it.

Measure Your Accountability: A Quiz
Being more accountable involves giving up some behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes, rather than concentrating on behaving a different way. One of the most common defense mechanisms used to avoid accountability or responsibility is to become upset. Obviously, if you’re upset, you can’t handle the matter.

Going “unconscious&quot
; is another, says. William A.Guillory. “This is done by simply tuning someone out, or by having your own mental conversation while someone is attempting to point out how you could have assumed greater responsibility.”

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