You can make me responsible. And I will feel quite proud about that until you jump in and tell me what to do, how to do it, or how what I’m doing is wrong.
You can give me authority. And that will be useful until you countermand me.
Or you can make me accountable for results. At first I may not trust that you really mean it. Over time, though, I will understand that you have identified what results you want me to deliver and the broad-stroke constraints I have to work with (e.g. it must remain ethical, sustainable, within budget, etc.). Your job will be easier: coaching me and helping remove barriers. You will have the results you wanted. And I’ll be delighted; I will be engaged in applying my talents and creativity to deliver those results.
Of course, I’m signing up for “accountable” and hope you are too.
In your corner,