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What are self-accountability and its examples?

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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Self-accountability is a personal trait that helps individuals to demonstrate more responsible, proactive, and trustable behavior at work. Professionals accountable for their actions and decisions are equally capable of standing up for their failures. So, a self-accountable person will be more committed and dedicated to their goals and the company’s progress and growth. The individual achieves excellent heights in his and their team’s performance, delivers high productivity and job satisfaction, and improves client and employee relationships. An accountable professional will work on improving the work environment. He will measure his progress and timeline of meeting his goals at every stepping stone. In addition, a personally – accountable manager is more capable of grooming his team members, as he can demonstrate all the examples in front of team members and will be able to preach the same teachings.

Self – accountable is an achievable and adaptable skill. Once you learn and adapt to the accountable MindShift, he will ensure that he can meet all the requirements at work. So, now let’s look at some basic examples of self-accountability.

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Examples of self-accountability

Admitting to his mistakes

A self–accountable person will always be responsible for his actions and decisions. So, during failure, he will stand up for his mistakes and decisions that lead to loss.

Proactive thinking

An accountable individual adopts proactive instead of reactive behavior. He will be prepared to handle any problems at any point in time. He will have more solutions to the potential challenges that he might face.

Learning from mistakes

An accountable person will ensure that he looks at his mistakes and why his decisions failed him. So, if he looked at the reasons, he would learn from them, and then the individual would ensure that he won’t provide to repeat those mistakes. He would learn from his mistakes.

Asking for help

A self-accountable manager or individual will not shy away from asking for help. When he is aware of his weakness and others’ strengths, he ensures that he learns from others and asks for help when needed.

Accepting feedback

Feedback is often taken negatively, but if the person has adopted self-accountable, he will receive the feedback positively. Then he will ensure that he will learn from the input.

Recognises problem without ignoring it

A self–accountable manager or leader will recognize the problem and will ensure that he and his team are prepared for the challenges that they might face. However, he will not ignore the problem.


Punctuality is the key trait that portrays self-accountable behavior. For example, when an accountable person is punctual about the delivery of his tasks, reaching the office and meetings on time, that displays that he is committed to his work.

Focused on goals and objectives

Self–accountable will be focused on his goals and objectives and will ensure that he meets his timelines. He will ensure that he participates in goal setting and can plan for the challenges and other possible ways to meet his targets.
So, let’s look at some critical aspects of how one could shift his mind towards self-accountability.

How to shift his mind towards self-accountability?

Here are some aspects that one could adopt in his daily routine to ensure that he learns to practice self-accountability.

  • Focused on goals: Defining goals, understanding the timeline, and planning the road map to achieve them.
  • Measure the progress: An accountable person will measure his progress regularly to ensure that he can meet all the necessary targets on time.
  • Working on small projects at a time: An accountable person must complete his projects one after another. He should focus on the smaller tasks and slowly work toward the bigger ones.
  • Evaluate his performance: One must evaluate his progress and performance and see the points where he can improve next time.
  • Find a mentor: When you are working on adopting responsible behavior, then it is appreciated if you choose your responsible mentor. That person can help you plan and evaluate, and then make necessary changes.


A self–accountable person will help strengthen the company’s culture of trust. He will enable the empowerment of employees and team members. He will ensure that he and his team have high productivity. An accountable person will help breed and build trust between co-workers and team members. As mentioned above, a responsible person will ensure that he continuously measures his progress and performance. He will accept his mistakes and learn from them to ensure that he doesn’t repeat them again. He will learn to take feedback positively and adapt to necessary changes to improve his performance. He will not shy away from asking for help from his team members, as he will learn about his weaknesses and other strengths that will help him learn and bring in more trust among team members. A self-accountable person will not waste his time blaming others but will stand for his mistakes.