The Secret to Holding Yourself Accountable

In this episode, we explore the importance of holding oneself accountable as a leader and the benefits that come with it. We’ll discuss the story of Derek Jeter, the iconic captain of the New York Yankees, and his lessons on accountability that every leader can learn from. At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to a fascinating article that inspired our discussion.

The Power of Accountability:

Accountability is a crucial component of effective leadership. When a leader holds themselves accountable, they take responsibility for their actions, decisions, and results. This behavior fosters trust, loyalty, and respect from their team members, as they see the leader owning up to their mistakes and working towards improvement. It also encourages a culture of accountability within the organization, where everyone feels responsible for their actions and works together to achieve common goals.

Learning from Derek Jeter, The Captain:

Derek Jeter, the legendary New York Yankees shortstop, is an excellent example of a leader who demonstrated accountability throughout his career. As the team captain, Jeter consistently held himself to high standards, both on and off the field. This attitude made him an exemplary role model for his teammates and contributed significantly to the team’s success.

Some key takeaways from Jeter’s leadership style that can help you become a self-aware and accountable leader are:

  1. Embrace responsibility: A self-aware leader embraces the responsibility that comes with their role. They recognize that their actions and decisions have consequences, and they are prepared to face them, whether positive or negative.

  2. Be transparent and honest: When mistakes happen, a self-aware leader owns up to them, learns from the experience, and shares their insights with their team. This transparency builds trust and encourages open communication within the team.

  3. Empower Others: A self-aware leader empowers their team members to take responsibility for their actions, fostering a culture of accountability. They support their team’s growth and provide opportunities for learning and development.

  4. Lead by example: The best way to inspire accountability in your team is to model the behavior yourself. Consistently demonstrate accountability in your actions, and your team will follow suit.

  5. Reflect and grow: Regular self-reflection is essential for personal growth and development. A self-aware leader continually assesses their actions, decisions, and behaviors to identify areas for improvement and works towards becoming a better leader.


Holding yourself accountable as a leader is vital for personal growth and the success of your team. By learning from the example of Derek Jeter and incorporating these lessons into your leadership style, you can foster a culture of accountability and trust in your organization. Remember, true leadership comes from self-awareness and the willingness to take responsibility for your actions.

For more on Derek Jeter’s lessons in leadership and accountability, please visit the article that inspired this podcast episode: Derek Jeter, The Captain: New York Yankees Lessons on Accountability