If it is to be, it is up to me. — Unknown
After your second cup of coffee, you realize that Mary had a big deadline two weeks ago and it suddenly occurs that you haven’t heard about results. At your request, Mary comes into your office. When you ask her about the deadline, she says, “I’m waiting on Fred to give me the data. After I receive it, I need a week to analyze it and write my report.” She looks at you with a blank stare as if she was thinking “What? It’s not my fault!” Frustrating, right? Have you reached your breaking point and want to declare that from now on, you have a culture of accountability and that Mary must do whatever it takes to honor her commitments? Before you do that, look in your mirror. Leaders who do not model accountability cannot expect their employees to behave differently.Leaders who do not model accountability cannot expect their employees to behave differently. Click To Tweet
Linda Galindo, author of “The 85% Solution: How Personal Accountability Guarantees Success – No Nonsense, No Excuses”, writes:
“Personal responsibility is a “before-the-fact” mindset of personal ownership and commitment to a result.”
Self-empowerment is taking the actions-and the risks-that you need in order to ensure that you achieve the results you desire.
Being accountable for your results requires an “after-the-fact” mindset of being willing to answer for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions.”
In their book, “The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual And Organizational Accountability“, Roger Connors and Tom Smith state:
“Taking personal accountability means making a personal choice to rise above one’s circumstances and demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving desired results; to see it, own it, solve it and do it.”
Accountability is something you choose to exhibit – it is not assigned to you.
As these two authors emphasize, personal accountability is a choice and a mindset. Specifically, it means that you are 100% responsible for:
Organizational accountability occurs only when individuals behave accordingly. And, your organization won’t be accountable unless you are. If you struggle with accountability, you are not alone. A study in Harvard Business Review revealed that almost 50% of managers are terrible at accountability.
Personal responsibility shifts your perspective and eradicates your excuses. Great leaders understand this and role model accountability, not just mandate it.Great leaders understand this and role model accountability, not just mandate it. Click To Tweet