Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Laurie Beth Jones
“Accountability is a key factor in management because it is the cornerstone of empowerment and personal growth. If no one is accountable for a project, no one gets to grow through the experience of it. Accountability has nothing to do with blame. It has everything to do with individual and corporate growth. Accomplished tasks breed self-confidence. Self-confidence breeds success. And success breeds more success. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
A young physician I know says most of her patients are shocked when she completes her diagnosis and meets them in her office with “These are the test results. These are your options. Which do you choose?” She explains to them gently and firmly that it is their health, their life, their choice. Holding people accountable allows them the opportunity to sign their name on a portrait of success, no matter how small that portrait may be. It gives them their next growth challenge in a defined and measurable form. To treat them as equals is to hold them accountable.“
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Quotes from: Laurie Beth Jones, Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership (New York: Hyperion, 1995), page 217-218.