Episode 14 – The Accountability Blind Spot: Moving From Holding Others Accountable to Empowering Others Into Self-Accountability

In this episode Craig Mathews and Jeff Nischwitz share ideas on the vital role that self-accountability plays in leadership, effectiveness, trust building and consistent performance. Jeff and Craig discuss the reality that accountability is an inside job, not an external motivator. Most important, listen in for proven strategies on building a culture of self-accountability. The Impact Leadership Podcast is brought to you by Cardivera, the leadership development eco-system that helps your grow your people, grow your business and grow your life.

Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn …

  • Why accountability is the biggest blind spot in leadership and the ways this blind spot is holding leaders and organizations back
  • Accountability myths and truths
  • Ways that poor accountability leads to low trust (“Trust is the river that runs through accountability”)
  • Accountability is the secret sauce to consistent, predictable and impactful leadership, productivity and outcomes
  • Vital role that “commitments” play in building a culture of self-accountability
  • Great teams are built when they’re empowered into self-accountability (holding people accountable is disempowering)
  • Why we overestimate our level of self-accountability and struggle to be more self-accountable
  • Getting people’s accountability attention by using the word “commitment”
  • Accountability is a matter of personal integrity when you make and ask others to make commitments
  • The important difference between accountability versus personal ownership / responsibility
  • The role of leader vulnerability in building a culture of self-accountability
  • Holding others accountable doesn’t work … it’s the excuse for abuse
  • Shaming “accountability” is failing leadership
  • Cultures of self-accountability are built on questions, not statements
  • Holding others accountability is leading through fear
  • Self-accountability is about integrity, commitments, choices and impact awareness
  • Accountability as a key leverage for leadership and performance
  • Commitments are the key to unleashing the power of whatever it takes with yourself and your team


Your Hosts

Jeff Nischwitz

Author, speaker, coach, consultant, and
Chief SHIFT Officer of Cardivera

Craig Mathews

Strategist, innovator, consultant, and
CEO of Cardivera