The degree to which you take ownership for your own actions and the results they produce.
The capacity to look first at yourself to determine the cause of an event, rather than to others.
People who take full responsibility for their work environment and their lives are more willing to search for what role THEY play in a problem. They typically feel more able to create a world that works for them. Therefore, they are often better problem solvers.
People who struggle with Responsibility become problem generators not solvers.
People with high levels of Responsibility tend to
· Look first to themselves to determine the cause of an event
· Identify where they are to blame when they experience negative outcomes
· Take full responsibility for their actions
· Acknowledge and learn from their mistakes
They have an openness to learning and generally have a better attitude than those that blame others for what went wrong.
Blame vs Responsible
To blame means to assign cause for something that happened. Often times, people who blame, assign to others the cause of a negative emotional event. People who lack Responsibility struggle to see how their behaviour has caused the problem about which they are now complaining.
People who blame
· Blame others for their misfortunes
· Use denial or deflection to avoid being held accountable
· Tend to be defensive and argumentative when confronted
· Tend to give up quickly when trying to solve a problem
· Will say “I didn’t do it” or “its not my fault” on a regular basis
· Explain situations with long stories or long lists of reasons and excuses
The strength and ease with which you can hold others to agreed-upon behaviours, such as targets, deadlines and performance standards
People who are good at Accountability are
· Clear about others responsibilities and ensure that these are met
· Able to notice when others are failing to fulfil their responsibilities and address these issues
· Able to recognise when it is appropriate to actively manage another individual and when this is not necessary
Accountability is an essential trait for a leader.
Accountability vs “Too Nice”
There is nothing wrong with being nice. Yet, everyone needs to deal effectively with negative behaviour or non performance from others. If you have a need to be ‘nice’ or ‘liked’ (ie you are lacking in Accountability) you will allow negative people to disrupt the process or other people.
THIS TRAIT IS NOT A MEASUREMENT OF FRIENDLINESS OR NICENESS. You can hold people accountable and still be their friend – the 2 are not related.
People who struggle with Accountability
· Have difficulty making demands of other people – it makes them uncomfortable
· Shy away from holding others to their promises and responsibilities
· Will create unnecessary rules and policies to avoid confronting a negative situation
Feel less at ease when managing or discussing under-performance
Cheers – have a great week!