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ACCOUNTABILITY VERSUS AUTHORITY

10:30 PM
It is generally believed that as one gets higher in the corporate hierarchy, there is an increase in the individuals authority over others as also his accountability to the Senior Management.

However it is now time to debunk this myth.

Yes - Accountability increases as one gets higher, but not so the authority.

Lets look at this with a simple real life scenario in a manufacturing organization.


AT A FLOOR SUPERVISOR LEVEL

I am the one in position to know all of the changing circumstances reported by the individual team members.
I am the only one with the authority to select and deselect team members.
I am the only one with the authority to make or change task assignments.
Most importantly, I am the one accountable for those decisions.

AT THE FACTORY MANAGER LEVEL

I am the one in position to know all of the changing circumstances reported by the individual Floor Supervisors, mostly after they have resolved issues or if they’re escalated
I am the only one with the authority to select and deselect Floor Supervisors
Most importantly, I am the one accountable for all their decisions.

AT THE BUSINESS HEAD LEVEL

I am the one in position to know all of the changing circumstances reported by the Factory Head. Most issues are on an FYI basis.
I am the only one with the authority to select and deselect the Factory Manager.
Most importantly, I am the one accountable for all his/her decisions


As one goes higher, the pressure to get things done definitely increases. However, the power to get things done reduces as more and more control tends to get delegated. It is one thing to be in the know of issues at the ground level and a totally different thing to be hands-on and solving them by oneself.
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I wish i had the answer.. not a set of Percentage points on this one
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