Being accountable is basically referring to your ability to reflect on your actions and understand your role within those actions. You are exactly where you are today because of the actions that you have taken in the past. It is extremely important to be accountable for your actions whether it is good or bad when you’re working in an organization, and also in your life in general. Everyone takes credit for something good that they have done but we rarely have people who are accountable when things have not gone right. If you want to be a good team player and a good leader then you must be accountable for all your actions and this includes good and bad but this is easier said than done.
How do we get ourselves accountable for each and everything that happens because of our actions?
The following blog deals with methods and ways in which you can be a better person, a better co-worker, a better spouse and a better subordinate by taking accountability for all of your actions.
1) Do not blame others
People who take accountability for their actions will never play the blame game. They know that something has happened because of them and there were certain consequences because of that event and they will immediately take responsibility in dealing with the particular event and will take accountability all the way. They will also try to take action and be more proactive in preventing an occurrence of something like this in the near future. They will not play mind games and blame each other for anything, they are very mature and they know that even though there will be consequences because they have taken accountability for a certain action, it is better to get that consequence rather than have other people suffer because of him/ her.
2) Don’t make excuses, when something goes wrong
Accountable people don’t make excuses when something goes wrong. There are no throwing people under the bus or dragging others down too. It is an absolute waste of time and energy to make excuses, for aspects that were most likely caused by your own mistake. Acknowledge where you have gone wrong and take corrective measures to rectify what you have done wrong.
3) Don’t play the victim card
We’ve all done this once before. People who often tend to be victim are not capable of managing their own anger. These people tend to bring their past experiences into their current circumstances. In order to stop playing the victim, you need to regain your power from your past trauma and deal with the process of healing. That process is far from easy. It will surely bring up emotions and events that may have been concealed for years, but just know that this process is necessary for your overall growth.
This is a very basic and simple thing to do. It does not take a lot to apologize to someone but our egos don’t let us do this. All it takes is to acknowledge what you have done and to just go and apologize to your co-workers, your superiors, your spouse or your family. Having an ego is not appropriate because you were the reason that a certain mishap or an event occurred hence you must let go of all kinds of inhibitions and egos and apologize
5) Give a detailed explanation
Once you apologize it is important that you with that person and gives them a detailed explanation of how things went and how you could have prevented an occurrence of this particular event. Why a particular thing occurred. For example, say you were working back to back 7 days a week and then on the 8th day you had a project that you had to submit and you have pushed yourself and you’re burning out and you made a few mistakes and errors which had a serious outcome. We are all humans and everyone knows that the body is a machine and like any machine, it needs its required rest. It would not be very difficult for someone to understand why the mistake happened. Of course, you have to take accountability for whatever bad has happened because of you because it was you who let yourself burn out and did not take rest when it was required and because of that, the mishap occurred.
6) Recognize when you are being toxic to others
Toxic work cultures, home environments are becoming quite a common thing these days. People are trying to get ahead of others and putting others down, insulting each other, not being sensitive to problems, we are in this together. You need to cooperate with your co-workers, family members, spouse if you expect their cooperation in return. Make it a point to do a reality check and see if your behaviour and actions are being toxic to others and if so, make amends immediately.
7) Reflect over your actions
Once you have apologized wholeheartedly, reflect on your actions and behaviour and think about ways in which you can rectify or change your behaviour to avoid things from happening in the future because of you. Learn as you go
Accountability keeps you focused on the process of change and following through all the steps required. It keeps you in positive action. Without ownership, accountability cannot sustain itself. So, be accountable and win your life.
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