Accountability Essay

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Importance of accountability Accountability means answering for your actions and the outcome or results of your actions. It is something every leader wants more of from their team. Accountability is like rain; everyone knows they need it, but no one likes to get wet. It’s easy to talk about how someone needs to be more accountable, but it is usually uncomfortable when we apply it to ourselves because that is when you start to feel the pressure of being accountable and really knowing how it feels to answer to your actions. Although we get more accountability from our teams by being accountable to them. It’s a two-way street. Although almost every company we have worked with struggles somewhat with accountability. At its core, accountability is really about specific expectations, specific consequences and specific actions. Take a moment and reflect on the performance of each team member. Think of the weakest or slowest team member. By default, those peoples level of performance sets the bar for acceptable performance on or in your team it’s the performance level that you as the leader allow because you are only as strong as your weakest link. It’s a very public and visible standard regardless of how much we might want to sweep it under the rug or turn a blind eye to it. The best leaders realize that they owe it to their team to always raise that standard, and it can be done by getting specific focusing on the weak areas of these low performers and making them the best in that category while simultaneously keeping their strong suits strong. Accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for your actions. In the Army, it becomes a necessity more than a “willingness” although you have to be somewhat willing to do it as well. The ones that are unable to be accountable are the ones that jeopardize the combat readiness and

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