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The importance of accountability! Why it matters in our daily lives?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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Did you know that nine out of every ten businesses fail? I am not trying to discourage you, but that’s the truth. It’s not the lack of having big dreams or passion, it’s the lack of commitment and introspection required to translate that passion into solid actions.

Most of the people who start businesses get caught in the trap of making excuses, wasting time, and leaving things for tomorrow. That is what we call a lack of accountability, and there are reasons why you keep finding reasons for not getting stuff done. Here is why.

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Why accountability matters in our daily lives

1. Builds Trust

Accountability is the foundation of trust in the workplace. When individuals and organisations take ownership of their actions and decisions, they demonstrate their commitment to honesty, transparency, and integrity. This mind shift creates a sense of trust among colleagues and stakeholders, which is essential for effective collaboration and communication. 

2. Encourages Learning

Accountability promotes learning and growth. When individuals take ownership of their actions, they are more likely to reflect on their experiences and learn from their mistakes. This change helps them improve their skills and knowledge over time, which is essential for staying competitive in today’s fast-paced work environment. 

3. Accountability can help prevent unethical behaviour

When individuals and organizations are held accountable for their actions, it can deter unethical behaviour. Knowing that there are consequences for wrongdoing can help prevent individuals from engaging in unethical behaviour in the first place.  

4. Accountability requires collaboration and communication

To be effective; responsibility involves cooperation and communication between individuals and organizations. This includes setting clear expectations, providing feedback, and engaging in ongoing dialogue to ensure everyone works towards the same goals. 

5. Accountability can help drive performance improvement

When individuals and organizations are held accountable for their performance, it can help drive progress. This trait includes identifying areas for improvement, setting goals, and taking corrective action when necessary. 

6. Accountability requires a commitment to continuous learning

For anyone to be genuinely accountable, individuals and organizations must be committed to constant learning and improvement. This habit includes learning from mistakes, seeking feedback, and adapting to changing circumstances. 

7. Accountability can help prevent blame game

When individuals and organizations are held accountable for their actions and decisions, they develop the trait of owning to their mistakes and failures. Employees or leaders do not blame their subordinates at the workplace for any failure. This action of ownership helps them build trust and respect for each other and achieve excellent team reliability and commitment.  

8. Accountability requires clarity

To be effective, accountability requires clarity around roles, responsibilities, and expectations. This clarity includes clearly defining goals, expectations, and performance metrics and ensuring that individuals and organizations have the necessary resources and support to meet those expectations. 

9. Accountability can help build resilience

By being accountable for their actions, individuals and organizations can build resilience and adaptability in the face of challenges and uncertainty. This action includes being willing to take risks, learn from failures, and adjust course as necessary as accountability develops the proactive nature in individuals and leadership and is prepared to face any possible challenges to meet their target.  

10. Accountability is essential for innovation

Accountability can help drive innovation by providing a framework for experimentation and learning. As an open-door policy is welcomed in the organization’s culture, it empowers individuals or teams to openly discuss and brainstorm the various challenges, solutions and ideas with each other. These discussions include taking calculated risks, testing new ideas, and being open to feedback and iteration. Hence more innovative ideas are generated, leading the team towards guaranteed success.  


Accountability is not a one-time event but a continuous process that requires ongoing monitoring and evaluation. This behaviour change includes regularly reviewing progress towards goals, providing feedback and support, and making adjustments as necessary. Accountability is a critical component of success. It requires individuals and organizations to take responsibility for their actions, comply with rules and standards, be transparent and ethical, and work collaboratively towards common goals. While accountability can be challenging, particularly in complex or ambiguous situations, it is essential for building trust, fostering a culture of responsibility, and ensuring that everyone is working towards the greater good. As the organization develops a culture of accountability, it is also adaptive to innovations, trust and respect, open culture, feedback and rewards and open communication. With the help of accountable culture in the organization and traits in every individual, it will help them perform better as a team and work towards overall organizational growth and success.