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How Do You Demonstrate Personal Accountability?

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Did you know being accountable is not always easy? However, you can start demonstrating personal accountability by following the tips given in this blog.

Accountability is taking ownership of your actions. It is understanding, analysing, and accepting the consequences and rewards of your actions courageously. Are you aware that when you fail to take accountability, you let yourself and your organisation down? Low accountability can stagnate progress and can destroy an organisation.

As mentioned above, this blog aims to give you tips to demonstrate personal accountability. You will also know a little about accountability and responsibility in this blog. So, read on for your betterment.

What are Accountability and Responsibility?

Accountability is taking ownership of your results, and responsibility is taking ownership of your activities.

For example, if you are a project manager and your team has a task to complete. Your team will be responsible for those tasks. In contrast, you, as the project manager, are accountable for the results of those tasks.

You can be accountable even if you haven’t performed the task. Showing accountability means you accept the consequences for the results without playing the blame game.

Why is Personal Accountability Important?

Now you know what accountability and responsibility is. You might wonder why personal accountability is vital.

Personal accountability is vital for the following reasons:

  • To build healthy relationships
  • Enables positivity in your interactions
  • Helps you develop problem-solving skills
  • Helps to foster trustworthiness
  • You earn respect
  • You become someone who your team can depend on

Plus, developing and demonstrating personal accountability helps you get promotions. It also makes you a strong and capable leader who can guide your team properly. Plus, your superiors will trust you and depend on your word if you demonstrate personal accountability.

Demonstrating Personal Accountability

Knowing what personal accountability is and why it’s important is not enough, is it? You also need to demonstrate personal accountability. Here are some tips you can follow to show personal accountability successfully.

Define and Comprehend Your Role

One of the first steps to demonstrating personal accountability is understanding what your role is. You need to know your tasks, goals, responsibilities, and expectation to have clarity. Only when you have clarity, you’ll be able to take ownership of your results.

Suppose you are the manager; you need to make the goals clear to your team. Only then are you demonstrating personal accountability.

Practise Honesty

Practising honesty is crucial to demonstrate accountability. When you are honest, you foster integrity and trustworthiness. Plus, telling the truth makes you reliable for your opinions, advice, and assessments.

When you are honest about your role in a result, you ensure you take ownership of your actions. Plus, you ensure your reliability and dependability. Moreover, you reduce the consequences for yourself.

However, ensure you don’t use honesty to blame others. That doesn’t demonstrate personal accountability.

Being honest with other people is not enough. You need to be honest with yourself too. If you are unable to perform a task, be honest and seek help.

Apologise Quickly

Suppose you feel like you have done something wrong and caused a bad result. Apologise immediately and work towards rectifying your error. When you apologise immediately and follow it up with fruitful action, you increase your dependability and reliability. You also demonstrate personal accountability.

However, note that the onus of rectifying the error doesn’t lie on you alone. You can and must seek help and delegate as required.

You also need to consider when to apologise. Some situations may not warrant an apology but legal guidance. Use your intellect and instincts to seek help accordingly. Otherwise, you might jeopardise your organisation or you.

Practise Time Management

Time management is a crucial element of personal accountability. When you are productive and effective in completing your task within deadlines, you become reliable for critical tasks.

Suppose you procrastinate a lot, you become unreliable, and your personal accountability drops drastically. If you find you have less resources or feel unchallenged, or anything else that makes you procrastinate, seek help to avoid being labelled the procrastinator.

Manage time effectively to get things done and demonstrate personal accountability.

Understand Your limits

Part of personal accountability is understanding your limits. Make it clear if you are unable to undertake certain tasks. Show mindfulness towards your schedule and ensure you don’t over-schedule yourself.

You will not only become unreliable and unsuccessful in your work; you’ll also face mental exhaustion and burnout.

So, understand your limits and set boundaries in your professional and personal life. You’ll demonstrate accountability successfully.

Endnotes

Personal accountability is crucial in the game of life and work. Showing accountability makes you trustworthy, honest, caring, and responsible. It showcases your intellect and your drive to perform well in life.

If you ever have issues with demonstrating personal accountability, you can consult an accountability coach like Tick Those Boxes. When you work with an accountability coach, they’ll be able to guide you on how to achieve your goals and increase accountability.

Plus, an accountability coach will help you gain clarity and meet your deadlines or commitments easily.

So, increase your personal accountability game and keep earning your success.

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

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

Darren works 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:

  • Get clarity - know what to do first
  • Get started - know what to do next
  • Get Sh!t Done - know what to do more of

How can The Accountability Guy® help you?

Whenever you and/or your team are ready, here are four ways to become more accountable...


    1. Take "The Accountability Scorecard"

    How accountable are you? Discover your accountability score and increase the probability of smashing your goals and Getting Sh!t Done!. Take the quiz

    2. Read my new book
    "The Accountability Advantage - Play Your Best Game"

    Eliminate procrastination and overwhelm, and start playing your best game. Buy a copy

    3. Study my online course "Accountability Made Easy"

    For high-performing goal-kickers who want to achieve even more success in work and in life. Enrol now and become accountable in a matter of hours. Enrol now

    4. Book a complimentary 1-on-1 coaching "Unboxing Session"

    Start delivering on your promises and get your team to do the same. Book here.

For more information on all my coaching programs, click here.


Are you a high-performing entrepreneur who wants to achieve more?

Mastering accountability is your superpower!

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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 involves being an International Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works 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:

  • Get clarity - know what to do first
  • Get started - know what to do next
  • Get Sh!t Done - know what to do more of

How can The Accountability Guy® help you?

Whenever you and/or your team are ready, here are four ways to become more accountable...


    1. Take "The Accountability Scorecard"

    How accountable are you? Discover your accountability score and increase the probability of smashing your goals and Getting Sh!t Done!. Take the quiz

    2. Read my new book
    "The Accountability Advantage - Play Your Best Game"

    Eliminate procrastination and overwhelm, and start playing your best game. Buy a copy

    3. Study my online course "Accountability Made Easy"

    For high-performing goal-kickers who want to achieve even more success in work and in life. Enrol now and become accountable in a matter of hours. Enrol now

    4. Book a complimentary 1-on-1 coaching "Unboxing Session"

    Start delivering on your promises and get your team to do the same. Book here.

For more information on all my coaching programs, click here.


Are you a high-performing entrepreneur who wants to achieve more?

Mastering accountability is your superpower!

Categories