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Can The Same Person Be Accountable And Responsible?

Can The Same Person Be Accountable And Responsible?

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Accountability and responsibility in management

First of all, many times people ask me: Darren if I am responsible, does that also make me accountable? No, not necessarily. It depends on the role you have.

So, let me explain. Responsibility is an obligation given to you. Accountability is being answerable for your decisions and the actions of your entire team.

Responsibility Vs Accountability

Consider yourself an employee whos assigned a certain role in a project. It’s your responsibility to complete the assigned task to the best of your ability. You can also delegate part of the task to your junior colleagues if you need help completing it. Once the assigned task is complete, you get to go home as that’s the end of your responsibility. You have been successful and you’ve delivered as required.

So, now consider yourself the project manager of the job at hand. At this level, you are answerable for every decision you make, and every project you deliver. If there’s a mistake, you have to take yourself and your workers back to the drawing board and fix the mistake. Furthermore, you cannot delegate your job to your juniors. You are ultimately answerable for the successful completion of the project.

A successful manager evaluates if the work done by his employees is up to the mark. While it’s also their responsibility to get it done right. Accountability in this role is vital to keeping up with the deadlines and staying on the path of success as well.

Remember, established accountability keeps a person motivated to do better than they have done so before. The sense of answer-ability or accountability is something that comes from within. It’s not imposed on you. Responsibility, on the other hand, id imposed, it comes from an external source. So, being accountable helps you cope with your responsibility in an effective manner.

Furthermore, It’s fairly obvious from this conversation that employees must hold responsibility for their part while managers are both responsible and accountable for every employee and project under their supervision. They can delegate the responsibility by dividing up the tasks but they’re still accountable for every team member’s work.

Flow of Accountability and Responsibility

Accountability has an upward flow. In an organization with a standard hierarchy, managers are senior to employees. Upward flow means managers are accountable for the work done by their junior employees. Whereas, responsibility has a downward flow. It flows down to junior employees by their seniors.

Responsibility can be given, received and assumed but accountability is something you must take heed too. Most often, it’s inherent in the position you assume. For instance the marketing director will be credit with the success or failure based on the outcome of ALL marketing campaigns. And if anything doesn’t go according to the plan, you will be accountable to your superiors and the job itself.

Conclusion

When your role is being accountable for the work done by your employees. You must be both responsible and accountable too. You’re also answerable for the work done by your employees. So, you must remain in touch with them to keep the work going and fixing errors. This effect will reinstate responsibility on your junior peers.

In addition to this, if you’re an employee given a certain responsibility. Your job is to fulfill it and deliver. The manager will evaluate your work. It’s up-to-the higher-ups to say if you should go back and start from scratch in case of a mistake because you are answerable for your own work.

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This entails being an International Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works together with high-performing teams and individuals across Australia/NZ, UK, USA, Europe and Asia to help get results, achieve their wildest dreams, and smash goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world and small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation across the globe, and are based on actions and results:

  • Read The Accountability Advantage – Play Your Best Game book for Darren’s most recent insights into accountability.
  • Enroll into Darren’s online (DIY) program: Accountability Made Easy.
  • Hire Darren to be your private Accountability Coach via one of his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions are conducted via Zoom video calls or face-to-face meetings (subject to Darren’s travel policy and COVID restrictions).
  • For teams of 3 – 7 people, Darren offers Group Accountability Programs, ideal for networking groups and alumni organisations.
  • My Team Accountability Program is a powerful tool for sales teams, project teams, virtual teams and operational teams.
    Both Group and Team Accountability Programs are a shared learning environment where you’ll learn from others and shared from their experiences. We can work with your team members one-on-one, in pairs, or in a configuration that suits your needs best.
  • Darren can be a Speaker at your next event, workshop, or conference. Whether it’s done face-to-face or virtually, it’s a genuinely engaging experience.

Who can The Accountability Guy® help?

  • Do you work hard, but still not achieve your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need directions on how to get your business to the next level?
  • Are you a high-performing, successful individual or team that would like to ‘juggle more balls in the air’?

How accountable are you? Take the 5-minute quiz to find out!

Accountability is the superpower you must learn to harness:

Hope will fix your situation, as doing nothing makes things worse. We need to take action now, or tomorrow’s results will be the same as today.

Implementation and execution are key:

We’ll make sure you follow the plan and meet your deadlines. This is true accountability. Together, we’ll meet your commitments, goals, and promises you’ve made to yourself and others.

Don’t let people down anymore – especially those important to you!

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How likely are you to achieve your goals, promises, obligations, and commitments on your own?

Darren will support you to become truly accountable!

How accountable are you? Take the 5-minute quiz to find out!

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.


Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.


Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This entails being an Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works together with high-performing teams and individuals to help get results, achieve your wildest dreams, and smash your goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world, and in small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

How accountable are you? Take the 5 -minute quiz to find out!

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation, and are based on actions and results:

  • Read The Accountability Advantage – Play Your Best Game book for Darren’s most recent insights into accountability.
  • Enroll into Darren’s online (DIY) program: Accountability Made Easy.
  • Hire Darren to be your private Accountability Coach via one of his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions are conducted via Zoom video calls or face-to-face meetings (subject to Darren’s travel policy and COVID restrictions).
  • For teams of 3 – 7 people, Darren offers Group Accountability Programs, ideal for networking groups and alumni organisations.
  • My Team Accountability Program is a powerful tool for sales teams, project teams, virtual teams and operational teams.
    Both Group and Team Accountability Programs are a shared learning environment where you’ll learn from others and shared from their experiences. We can work with your team members one-on-one, in pairs, or in a configuration that suits your needs best.
  • Darren can be a Speaker at your next event, workshop, or conference. Whether it’s done face-to-face or virtually, it’s a genuinely engaging experience.

Who can The Accountability Guy® help?

  • Do you work hard, but still not achieve your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need directions on how to get your business to the next level?
  • Are you a high-performing, successful individual or team that would like to ‘juggle more balls in the air’?

Accountability is the superpower you must learn to harness:

Hope will not fix your situation, as doing nothing makes things worse. We need to take action now or tomorrow’s results will be the same as today.

Implementation and execution are key:

We’ll make sure you follow the plan and meet your deadlines. This is true accountability. Together we’ll meet your commitments, goals, and promises you’ve made to yourself and others.

Don’t let people down anymore – especially those important to you!

-----------------------------------------
How likely are you to achieve your goals, promises, obligations, and commitments on your own?

Darren will support you to become truly accountable!

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