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Charting the Course: First Insights from the Accountability Research Project

The Accountability Research Project has captured people’s attention like nothing Good Leadership has done before. Why? Many leaders are all sharing the same challenge of creating healthy accountability in collaborative workplaces.  

In our recent episode of The Good Leadership Podcast, my colleague Kevin Sensenig and I dissected the insights from our first Accountability Research Project steering team meeting. The meeting was intense, but exhilarating as we dug into the core question: What is the secret to creating healthy accountability in a highly-collaborative, teams-of-teams workplace?  

The Qualitative Research Themes

The steering team is comprised of 15 members who are volunteering their time, energy, and funds to the Accountability Research Project. Before the first steering team meeting, we collected qualitative data through individual interviews from each member to begin the conversation that will shape our research moving forward. The themes we collected solidified the next steps to take in this journey:  

  1. Roots of Accountability: We found that most folks trace their understanding of accountability back to their upbringing or early work experiences. Think chores and punctuality. This shapes how we view accountability in our organizations from an individual lens. 
  1. Shifting Dynamics: Organizations are witnessing a shift in accountability norms. It’s not enough to just have accountability; it needs to be healthy. That’s what drives team success and sets up the whole organization for a win. 
  1. The Emotional Factor: Accountability isn’t just about rules and metrics. It’s about feeling valued and supported. That emotional aspect is key to fostering healthy accountability. 

The most important question we asked: How would learning more about healthy accountability improve your leadership? The answers were compelling:

  1. Improve team leadership and my team 
  1. Professional development to get better business results 
  1. Set and hit healthy stretch goals 
  1. Create a high accountability culture and reframe the negative connotation 
  1. Increasing scalability to business 
  1. Inspire in ways that are practical 

It’s evident that healthy accountability isn’t just nice to have—it’s a game-changer for leaders, their teams, and their results. Leaders need to role model what healthy accountability looks like to create an environment where it’s no longer perceived as a negative concept but embraced as a driver of practical inspiration.  

What’s the Next Phase of Research?

  • Take part in our 3 question LinkedIn survey here.  
  • Conducting qualitative interviews in 50+ companies, at the individual, team leader, and executive level 
  • Those interviews will shape what questions we ask in a quantitative survey based on the contributor’s feedback.  

If you’re passionate about shaping the future of accountability, let’s connect. Drop us a line at and be a part of our Accountability Research Project. 

For even more insights from the Accountability Research Project steering team meeting, listen to the full podcast episode here.

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