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By Rev Dr Don Moore, Executive Director - Canadian Christian Business Federation

Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash

As a business leader, I realize the importance of delegating work to capable staff. However, with delegation comes the responsibility to accomplish the job. With responsibility comes accountability to ensure that the work gets done according to expectations.

Scripture clearly describes three critical areas of accountability that, as leaders, are foundational to our business success. First, consider the importance of personal accountability, which affects my relational accountability and leadership accountability. As Paul reminds us:

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. - Romans 14:12

Let’s take a few moments to consider each from God’s perspective.

1. Personal Accountability

As a leader, I can’t just presume that I’m living up to God’s expectations. My natural tendency is quite the opposite. Jeremiah has lots to say about this:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick;
who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9

Just as I hold my employees to account, God says that He is also tracking not only what I do but what I think, as well.

“I the Lord search the heart and tests the mind,
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.” – Jeremiah 17:10

God doesn’t mince His words as He expects me to take fully responsibility for our actions. James reminds us:

So whoever knows the right thing to do
and fails to do it, for him it is sin. – James 4:17

Take time to pray asking the Holy Spirit if I need to
repent or change in some area of my life or work.

2. Relational Accountability

God calls me, as a leader, to also have accountability to one another as His people. As I build relationships with other believers individually and in a small group, they can help me grow and become more aligned with God’s expectations for me. Paul said it well with:

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up,
just as you are doing. – I Thessalonians 5:11

These relationships can become very personal at a level many of us are not accustomed to experiencing. When we become free to admit our struggles and sins to others, it can bring healing. The prayers of those friends can be powerful to help me grow in intimacy with my Heavenly Father.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and
pray for one another, that you may be healed.
he prayer of a righteous person has great power
as it is working. – James 5:16

In what ways am I deepening relationships with other believers
with whom I can share my struggles and experience their healing prayers?

3. Leadership Accountability

Finally, I will need to account for how I handle my responsibilities as a leader. In fact, according to scripture, I’m held to an even higher standard in light of my leadership position:

Not many of you should become teachers (leaders),
my brothers, for you know that we who teach (lead)
will be judged with greater strictness. – James 3:1

One of the best ways to keep myself accountable as a leader is to ensure that I have a carefully selected group of advisors to help me make the best decisions for those who work under my employ, especially in difficult times. Solomon wrote a lot about this in his proverbs:

Without counsel plans fail, but with
many advisers they succeed. – Proverbs 15:22

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice. – Proverbs 12:15

How many and how often do I take time
to ask for seek the wise counsel and
advice of trust business colleagues?

Remember that PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY begins first as I account for my words and thoughts before God. Then, I can experience RELATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY within a community of trusted believers. As we support and pray for each other, we will grow responsibly in His likeness. The result of these two levels of accountability will have a profound impact on your LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY in your business and with your employees.

Don Moore
Executive Director Canadian Christian Business Federation

Don strongly believes that people are our nation’s most valuable asset. His Listen-Learn-Lead” approach to leadership has made him highly effective in executive roles in a variety of organizations with local, regional, national, and international reach.

An entrepreneurial thinker and strategist, Don built a grassroots movement of denominational and ministry leaders committed to evangelism with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and led a National Consultation in Ottawa.