Leadership = purpose + accountability
When someone is considered to be a “leader” or to have “leadership”, it’s usually because she shows the way and do everything that’s required to accomplish the targeted goal.
Too often we (only) see the ability of these people to accomplish a lot. They are a strong workforce and they can dedicate a huge amount of energy to make change happen. They are accountable.
This is true, however it’s only true when it’s related to a purpose that they can relate to. And usually they can relate to a purpose because they set it themselves, as well as the way to reach it.
Leaders are accountable to their purpose.
Too often we say to leader “hey you took a great initiative, let us reframe it in a way that it will fit to our goals and standards and you can then lead the aligned initiative to make it happen!”.
This usually doesn’t work. Because by reframing the initiative, we remove the essence of the motivation that was fueling their leadership.
What we ask them here is to lead someone’s else initiative using someone’s else methodology and that’s not what leaders are looking for.
Leader are not only strong workforces to accomplish someone else’s goal, they are also people we can trust to set the goal and the way to reach it.
When we remove the purpose, we also remove the accountability.