Although everyone understands what accountability means, few people actually take the time and really look into it. This discussion will focus on accountability, which is a powerful woman that, when used correctly can bring great success at work and in life. This is especially true for women in leadership roles. Why/how? For more information you can click here.
One of the most striking things that I have seen in my corporate leadership seminars and in my development seminars with women executives is their ability to work well in a team and not let down others. This is the same as being accountable. Making a promise to yourself is one thing but it’s a whole different ball game when you make a pledge to someone else.
What does Accountability say about your character? Manager Training and development
What level of accountability you have is a reflection on who you are as an individual. This is what my first paragraph was about when I spoke of dissecting this phenomenon.
Consider a person who takes accountability lightly. What could their personality traits be like? Three traits that spring to mind are: unwillingness to take responsibility; assigning blame and looking to pass on the buck.
What do you think the reaction of a team leader if a project was late?
So-andso didn’t complete their task; it wasn’t part of my job. No one told me to do this like that. And the excuses can go on.
Compare this to someone who takes responsibility. What would their traits be? You can see a few examples of their characteristics: Own your mistakes, are proactive in seeking solutions, apologize when things go wrong, and work hard to fulfill any promises.
What would their reaction be if they missed the deadline on a project?
As team leader, my full responsibility is on me. Where did I go wrong leading the team? What can I do to prevent it from happening again?
These people are like day and night, as you can see. It is important to remember that accountability is an expression of who you are as a person. You can’t just do it at work and forget about it when you get home.