The leader is accountable to the organisation’s board for all aspects of the organisation’s activities.

This includes the roll out of its programmes; the outcomes of those programmes; its policies such as human resource policies; its expenditure and its budget; its reputation and its positioning.  Whilst other members of staff are responsible for implementing many aspects of the organisation’s work, accountability means that “the buck stops here”.  If things go wrong, the board can correctly expect explanations from the leader and not necessarily from employees.This is why oversight and quality control are critical aspects of the leader’s work.

Author: Shelagh Gastrow , Executive Director – Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement