Sharing accountability takes longer and demands more energy than heaping all of the accountability onto yourself does. Compared to gathering a team, clarifying objectives, and dividing up ownership of the work, swooping in the week before to make all the decisions yourself is easy. Actually, it’s a cop-out.

The commitment to sharing accountability in an organization is as hard for the person who wants all the accountability as it is for the person who wants none.

Those of us whose jobs and titles imply accountability need to make sharing it part of how we work, and that takes lots of advance intentional planning. It’s way more than deciding during the event to delegate a task. It’s inviting a partner to own a piece of the work from start to finish, and then following their lead in evaluating whether it worked.

*Thanks to Jessica Tate for these insights

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