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What Is Accountability And Why Is It Important?

What Is Accountability And Why Is It Important?

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Accountability Importance

Accountability refers to the concept of an individual or a department being held accountable for the performance or outcomes of specific activities. Essentially, the accountable party is in charge of carrying out the desired role.

Why Is It Important?

Accountability begins with committing to the process from the start by acknowledging where you are now and being aware of the reality of your situation. When you accept the truth about where you are now and how you truly feel, you will be able to carry out the steps outlined in this book. It is critical to accept ownership by acknowledging where you are right now.

 

Accountability cannot exist in the absence of ownership! The process of acknowledging and accepting responsibility for yourself enables you to seek and apply solutions found in the steps we’ve discussed for true change and long-term success. This also empowers and energises you to go for it and see it through, regardless of any obstacles or setbacks that arise along the way.

Promotes Employee Engagement

Accountable employees take psychological responsibility for seeking solutions that will promote a company’s Key Results, which naturally promotes workplace engagement. Accountability enables employees to not only identify critical gaps between current and desired results and take responsibility for closing those gaps, but also to use creative problem-developing and implementing effective, innovative solutions to existing problems.

Unites People

Accountability will vastly improve your business or career. It establishes trust from the start, resulting in more positive interactions with team members and customers. Task and project completion becomes more efficient as accountability keeps you on track to meet your commitments.

 

It also helps to reduce fear because trust encourages teams to work together to achieve their goals. It will also boost your creativity and innovation in terms of new ideas that add value to others. Productivity rises as a result of more efficient processes, which save money and free up time for innovation. Work becomes enjoyable again when you collaborate with others to accomplish great things.

Improves Workplace Culture

Failure to accept responsibility can spread throughout the team like a virus. By establishing meaningful goals and team buy-in, building trust through support and encouragement, empowering everyone on the team, and celebrating victories together, you embed accountability into the fabric of your company, making accountability everyone’s responsibility.

 

When an organization’s culture is founded on honesty and integrity, employees can admit mistakes without fear of repercussions and collaborate to reflect, learn, and move forward in a positive manner. It takes a concerted effort from the top down to strengthen organisational culture. It also necessitates an honest assessment of what is working.

Improves Performance

Creating an accountability culture boosts efficiency and output. How do you go about it? Employees can meet clearly defined expectations when they know who is in charge of what. This reduces ambiguity and saves time. Having clear accountability, however, is insufficient.

 

People’s success in positions necessitates specific and meaningful feedback and evaluation procedures. You must also have a performance evaluation system in place. When you link responsibility to performance, you are also proactively paying attention to both the process and the results, correcting subpar efforts and recognising outstanding performance.

Builds Trust

High levels of accountability, particularly among leaders, help to build organisational trust. Members of the team have a high level of trust in their leaders because they know they will accept responsibility for their decisions. Furthermore, when executives model this type of behaviour for the rest of the organisation, a broader culture of accountability emerges.

 

There are numerous benefits to leading a trust-based organisation. When compared to other organisations, employees at high-trust organisations report 74 percent less stress, 106 percent more energy at work, 50 percent higher productivity, 13 percent fewer sick days, 76 percent more engagement, 29 percent greater pleasure with their lives, and 40 percent less burnout.

Bottom Line

Putting accountability into practise is what holds the organisation together. When people recognise the value of their work, they are more likely to be accountable. They learn this through mentorship and feedback that demonstrates the impact of their actions on the organisation. When they understand how important their roles are, they are more motivated to work and develop a sense of ownership.



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 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 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!

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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