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Creating a Culture of Accountability and Integrity at Work

In my last email, I shared a cautionary tale about what can happen when organizational "leaders" lack integrity and cultural intelligence, pretend to be allies, and cover up discrimination claims. It's disheartening but emphasizes the importance of accountable, ethical leadership to create inclusive workplaces.


How do we foster workplace cultures built on integrity and accountability? Well, I've got twelve excellent strategies for you:

How to Find the Right Mentor Relationship: To develop a successful relationship with a mentor, you must:   1.     Determine your short- and long-term goals   2.     Identify the type of mentor you need  a.     Advisor  b.     Advocate  c.      Affirmer  d.     Challenger   e.     Coach  f.      Connector  g.     Sponsor  3.     Decide if you want one-on-one or group mentorship and virtual or in-person sessions  4.     Review your professional circle and pinpoint who has your “dream job”  5.     Determine if the person is the right fit by learning about their experience in the industry or role and evaluate their successes, challenges, character, and values  6.     Create your elevator pitch  7.     Specifically tell the person what it is about their professional or personal experience that made you reach out to them and make them ask to mentor you  8.     If the person is unable to serve in a mentor capacity, birds of a feather tend to flock together, so ask them for a referral to someone that has a similar experience as they do


Upholding high integrity and accountability standards remains an ongoing pursuit. As Winston Churchill stated, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”


With skilled, self-aware leadership committed to self-examination and improvement, organizations can nurture healthier environments where all voices feel valued and heard. The path won’t always be smooth, but it will be far more sustainable.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on building workplace cultures where ethics and integrity thrive. Please send me a message with any other accountability tips you might have.


Until next time, take good care of yourself and each other,


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