There is a buzz word in business …accountability. All too often we preach but very few really live it. Not just at work but also in our personal lives in our personal relationships. What is accountability and how soon should we start being accountable?
Accountability is the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.
We often think of public officials as being held accountable like a Mayor, Governor or President. But this runs deeper than that. This has to do with who we are as a person.
Being accountable means we are responsible for our actions regardless of how they turn out and even more when things don’t go well. We don’t blame others instead own up to our mistakes and correct the problem or even say something simple as I am …sorry.
When should being held accountable start in life ?
I know this answer isn’t going to sit well with many but it should start as early as possible. From when one is little. It starts with something as simple as when we misbehave and we are told that is not nice say…I am sorry. There is one thing I have notice with my grandkids is when they are told just that say I am sorry there is this deer in the headlight look like it is too hard to say that , which means I don’t want to be accountable for what I did. As much as it means we may have to insist on it and get that response from them to say …I am sorry without it the stage is set for later in life either at school at play or at work to not be responsible or look to pass the blame on others for our own mistakes.
This is not to tell you dear reader how to raise your child in fact this is just the opposite it is to simply point out how early we need to all be accountable for our actions . It shapes our intergrity or lack there of as a person and how others will see and value us as we go through life.
Its nice to say we want a stand up guy until that stand up guy is standing across from you holding you accountable for something. Own it embrace it and grow from it. We are accountable for the things we do and don’t do especially when we can assist someone or see something gone wrong (perhaps like a crime) don’t be a spectator, assist or help. In the end, accountability entails a lot of responsibility and it means we make choices and judgments that we may be questioned on if they fail but when we admit are accountable for our actions we gain so much more …respect.