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How Do You Explain Accountability?

How Do You Explain Accountability?

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In simple terms, accountability is a straightforward concept of answerability of an individual or a workplace for specific activities.

This is especially true in the case of an organization or a society. Without proper accountability, it will become more and more difficult for people to take responsibility for their actions and easier to start playing the blame game. This makes it easier for them to get away with anything while escaping all consequences.

This article delves deeper to discover the true meaning of accountability and why it is important both personally and professionally.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

What Is Accountability?

As mentioned earlier, accountability is the practice of taking responsibility and being accountable for your words, actions, successes, and failures.

For instance, the higher authority is usually responsible for delegating work to the other employees in a workplace. If this work is not completed by the preset deadline or does not meet the company’s standard, the person/team remains liable to the consequences.

This also helps to ensure the ethical behavior of the company.

One of the major benefits of incorporating accountability in the workplace is that it helps unify the entire company and brings them together to work towards the vision and achieve its mission. This includes the senior-most managers to even the entry-level associates. Each individual in the organization will be given a clear set of goals that they will be provided. With accountability, they will easily be able to propel themselves towards the company’s goals. 

Accountability also calls to practice care and skills while sharpening your knowledge with your work. Even if there are any errors in tasks, the employee should be motivated to find a way through the problem and learn from their mistake.

 

Understanding Accountability

Whether it is personal or professional, accountability helps to inculcate a sense of unity. While working in an organization would be to outdo the competitors with excellent performance quality.

To do this, you will have to make effective use of the company’s resources, the employees.

And the best way to do this is to assign them small tasks and give them a set of goals that they need to accomplish. Make sure the line of communication is very clear between you and the employees.

To curb potential mistakes and errors, you will need to handle tasks to competent employees. Even in case of a mistake, make sure you give the employee some space to correct their mistake and learn from it.

If you’re not going out of the way to keep yourself away from distractions, chances are you won’t be able to get anything done. There will always be something you would want to do more, and that false sense of security of having ‘tomorrow’ will lure you in.

What Are The Roles Of Accountability?

The primary role and uses of accountability can be seen in 4 major aspects of a company, and they are as follows.

Helps Enhance A Company’s Functioning

When you start teaching the habit of accountability at the workplace, it will also bring other healthy practices like transparency, honesty, integrity, etc. All these combined are what helps a company to grow and thrive even during a tough economy.

On the other hand, when certain employees are out of touch with these healthy workplace habits, they can decrease the company. They can often get clouded by dishonesty which can get the company into trouble.

However, when companies start to incorporate accountability, they can have good governance throughout the organization.

Helps Give Clear Oversight

Integrity and transparency are the two important aspects that fall under accountability. These two elements help to ensure that all employees are on track with the company’s goals. Moreover, it will also ensure that all their tasks are delegated properly without abandoning them.

In case of an error, the hierarchy will help show who needs to be accountable and take the consequences.

Helps To Maintain The Legitimacy Of The Organization

Accountability happens to be a driving force in most legal organizations. This habit helps them keep up with deadlines, deliver high-quality work, and keep up with the company’s promises. All these components help to show that the company is legitimate in the eyes of higher authorities.

On the other hand, if the company constantly misses deadlines and fails to deliver what it promised, the authorities will seize their freedom and independence. This is because organizations are accountable for safeguarding their policies and maintain autonomy.

Helps To Enhance Performance

As mentioned earlier, accountability ensures unity among all employees of the company. When your company has a good management system to define all actions and rules, you can enhance internal controls, improving work performance.

By incorporating accountability, you can embed the company’s vision and mission into the employees, which will motivate them to work together. This will also enhance employee relationships which have a direct impact on teamwork. When this happens, you will get a better outcome on both individuals as well as team projects. 

 

Examples

For instance, let us understand the use of accountability in an accounting firm.

In this case, the accountants will be responsible for the quality of the firm’s monthly and yearly financial reports. However, the reports might not be clear and transparent in some cases, as the employees may have manipulated them for selfish personal gains.

If an internal firm member has spotted this error or loophole, the accountant will be accountable for this error and will have to take the consequences.

And in worst-case scenarios where the reports have already left the company and have been spotted by an external account, the manager who sent the reports will be accountable. They will have to take responsibility for the actions of the employee and face the consequences.

Final Words

In simple terms, accountability is where a person or a company needs to take responsibility for the outcome of a particular situation or an activity. Being accountable helps to ensure the balance and promises on the integrity of the company.

While incorporating accountability into your personal or professional life can be difficult, it is worth doing. The reason is that it can bring big benefits to you and the company in the long run.

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!

-----------------------------------------
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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