Accountability Partners For Leaders

Everyone can benefit from trusted counsel.  One of the best benefits we can give ourselves is to invest in a mentor who serves as our partner in accountability.

There are two schools of thought with mentor and accountability partners. Some believe that mentor and accountability partners are two different individuals.

The belief that mentors are there to help you with quick questions, give you an opinion based on their expertise and possibly to keep you from making a big mistake and that accountability partners are there to help you solve problems and bounce off ideas – keep you motivated.

The fact of the matter is that your mentor can be both these individuals and in my cases they are serving this role.

In my own experience, my mentors have held me accountable. They have never been afraid to “tell me like it is”.  They deliver the good and bad advice without any sugar coating.  The trust in the relationship build is key. A mentor should be able to call you out when you are in the wrong – with honesty and trust – and on the flip side they will give you the encouragement you need to keep pushing forward.

Accountability is a give-and-take concept. If you cannot hold yourself accountable, you cannot be ask others to be accountable either.  You should offer the same benefit as they offer to you. Reciprocate.

How do you find such a mentor or partner?

You need someone whom you can trust and be able to confide in without fear of judgment. The individual should not judge you, but remind you where you stand in your journey.   You need someone who is invested in you and motivating you to reach your goals. A family member, spouse or friend can at times be too close to you and while their support is critical to your success, their advice can lack the perspective you need from someone from the outside of your inner circle. Many times, individuals look to references from colleagues or programs to seek out wise counsel.

 

Jennifer Olney
Over the course of my career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development. As the Founder and Director of Business BEALEADER, I bring my experience to the table to expand the knowledge base for those seeking to find their own leader within. In 2011, I created BEALEADER to be a platform for individuals to share their expertise and leadership to make others better by being a resource of business, career and marketing solutions for those who are just starting out or maybe have a “few” years under their belt and need keep their skills fresh. In addition to the BEALEADER platform, I have developed the business units BEALEADER Business Services, which provides marketing, business development and human resource management services and BEALEADER Executive Coaching Services, which provides one on one and group coaching services to executives and individuals. These business units expand our ability and brand to make others better as we reach out to our audience with these unique product offerings. In 2014, I was named to the Inc.com list of Top 101 Leadership Speakers and I have written for several publications such as Yahoo! Small Business, Business 2 Community and others. I have also co-hosted several podcasts and in 2015 will be hosting the BEALEADER podcast for our audience as well.
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  • January 30, 2014

    gingerconsult

    AlliPolin It’s 7pmET tonight – Thanks, Alli. Hope you can join us #bealeader

  • January 30, 2014

    AlliPolin

    gingerconsult Duh! Oops!! I’ll be there… at 7:00 🙂

  • January 30, 2014

    gingerconsult

    AlliPolin See you there. Thanks. 🙂