I came across this in Tim Irwin’s new book Impact: Great Leadership Changes Everything. It is from an interview he did with Steve Reinemund, former CEO of PepsiCo on how to hold yourself as a leader accountable:
- Get commitments from others to challenge me on a regular basis.
- Prepare myself in advance for those spontaneous, unexpected challenges to my integrity.
- Create a personal board of directors.
- Give veto power over contemplated actions to a respected and knowledgeable colleague.
- Hit the pause button for important decisions any time there is a lack of clarity.
- Conduct the visibility test – ask if whatever I am considering doing was visible to everyone around me, would I still do it?
- Be extremely careful about rationalization – have others test our reasons for contemplated actions.
- Heed early warning signals, especially any sense of extreme imbalance in our work and personal lives.
- Be clear about what you believe about success.
- Take the risk to give followers feedback on their personal behavior.