Accountability – I Want to Count on You!
14 November 2017 | 10:08 am
Accountability is defined as an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions. Without it, you would live and work in a world without confidence. It would be almost impossible to plan a day if you had no reasonable confidence that, at the very least, people would show up and complete their tasks. Envision a workplace where no one did what they said they would do. A place where no one felt responsible for themselves or their team. Is that where you want to work?
If you want people around you to be accountable, then you must do what you say, too. You don’t live in a vacuum; you work with a team. Following through on your own obligations creates a better work environment for all the stakeholders. Take 10% of the time that you worry about others doing their job and concentrate on yourself. Take being judgmental attitudes and take a good look at your own behavior. How are you contributing to a more successful workplace? If you say you will get it done, do you? If not, do you take responsibility or find blame? Replace blame with understanding how you may have created a situation that went awry. Make sure you are setting an example that you want to be followed.
What do you need to do to ensure that your culture breeds accountability and removes the fear of admitting when errors are made?
“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do for which we are accountable.”
—John Baptiste Moliere
Excerpt from Blueprint for Employee Engagement – 37 Essential Elements to Influence, Innovate & Inspire. (Coming December 2017)
Julie Ann Sullivan’s focus is on employee engagement and creating workplace cultures where people want to come to work. Julie Ann works with companies to develop people who are engaged, productive and appreciated. She hosts the Mere Mortals Unite and Businesses that Care podcasts on C-Suite Radio . For more information go to http://julieannsullivan.com/