“The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.”
― Steve Maraboli Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Talk about playing out on the big stage. If there was a lesson to be learned about honorable accountability, we saw it recently with Facebook --- 3 major social platform outages (Facebook, Instagram, and What's App) along with a very telling 60 Minutes whistleblower interview.
As I considered the accusations, the responsibility, and the pressures of leading a company of this magnitude, it reminded me of why I appreciate being small (although we're growing and evolving each day). I was also reminded that regardless of the size of the organizations we lead, we must hold ourselves accountable, honorably, to those that we serve and who count on us to show up, as our best.
This means we have to be true to the work, to the people, and to ourselves each day. At HTI, that comes in the form of our Core Values, which we are reminded to practice and hold close.
Some of Our Core Values Include:
Collective Work & Responsibility
Service to Others
With all that said, we are still very much a work in progress! And I understand that it all starts with me as the leader. Thus, I consistently reflect, get feedback, and reevaluate how we're doing.
Are you showing honorable accountability? Below are a few tips on how to maintain.
------ Folami, CEO HTI Catalysts
Tips for Maintaining Honorable Accountability
Commitment - Your commitment to yourself, your work, your team, and your constituents must be strong and unyielding. That's a tall order and can take a toll if not carefully managed. That's why it's important to honor the commitment to yourself as well, which should include personal self-care, mentorship, and the appropriate resources for support.
Communication - Maintaining and managing consistent communication with your stakeholders is a key responsibility. But communication is a two-way street and sometimes leaders forget that. There is also the role of the receiver. Make sure you take the time to ensure that the communication is clearly received and understood and those on the other end are doing their part as well.
Candidness - Honorability starts with honestly. That means you have to "say the thing" and "hear the thing". Most leaders are skilled at saying and doing difficult things, however, may be less open to hearing difficult things about their leadership or the organization. Listening and hearing the hard truth is just as important.
Community Agreements - Have you established a set of guidelines with those you serve on how each of you plans to show up? Establishing agreements with the community you're serving is an important way to get buy-in, begin trust-building, and ensure you're maintaining a core set of principles throughout the time you plan to be together. Our community agreements include the following: bring intentional energy, ask for what you need, bring your WHOLE self, and lift up and elevate.
“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
― R.J. Palacio
Holding accountability as a leader brings a lot of responsibility. Here are a few resources for support.
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HTI Catalysts create and hold spaces that build community, evoke organizational shifts, and promote cultural justice.
Our impact areas are better schools, advancing equity & cultural justice, fostering high-quality youth programming, and empowering families to build capacity.