What does it mean for a leader to be "Accountable"?

The fourth word in the R portion of our SERVE Model of Leadership is Accountability:  Radical Ownership and Accountability.  Accountability is defined as follows:

“subject to the obligation to report, explain, or justify something; to be responsible or answerable for something.”

Leaders are “responsible or answerable” for the performance of their ministry.  Radical Accountability means that GNG leaders take responsibility for everything in their ministry.  This doesn’t mean they have to do everything in their ministry.  But it does mean they are responsible for making sure their ministry accomplishes its mission.  They are Accountable for it.  There is no one else to blame.

A leader’s refusal to shift blame indicates that the leader has put the ministry’s mission ahead of his/her own ego.  It’s not about me.  It’s all about the mission.  This mindset is crucial for ministry success.  Furthermore, a refusal to shift blame builds trust within the ministry team.

Accountability also means that leaders take responsibility for leading their ministry to greater levels of performance.  Thus, they periodically and intentionally create “friction points” – conditions that push their ministry to raise the bar.  Friction points are good because they force the ministry to explore:

New ways of doing ministry

New systems

New goals

In a rapidly changing world, Accountable leaders are always open to better ways to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.


The Only Thing Limiting GNG’s Future Is The Number Of Leaders We Can Develop.