Are you accountable… or only responsible? If you are responsible, then accountability will be needed to help you with your responsibility.
There is a difference between accountability and responsibility. Responsibility relates to a set of duties or expectations that may be placed upon us by others or by ourselves. Responsibility places one in a position to be accountable. Accountability has to do with one’s exercising his own will in making decisions and following a course of conduct.
Responsibility in life, relationships, marriage, work and career, is of course necessary. But one will struggle with these responsibilities on several level unless accountability is adopted and acquired. This is by choice. I may be put into a position of responsibility, but will I be accountable to others in decision making, or will my pride and ego keep me an island? Do I think I have all the answers? Am I too proud or egotistical to ask questions? Am I afraid someone will outshine me? Or a multitude of other self and organizational defeating behaviors that are available to me by choice.
Another key element of accountability is that your stated values must be your genuine virtues. You can say you “believe” in accountability, but if it is not a virtue that you have adopted, you will not be accountable. With genuine accountability there will be a deep belief in it and an agreement in it. For example, you will want someone to hold you accountable, to be accountable. You will operate in light, not the darkness of your own way. This will make way for character development, integrity, trust, growth and maturity, and the ultimate likelihood of prosperity for you, those under your care and leadership, or area of responsibility, and ultimately your organization.
One of my favorite Proverbs is Chapter 1, in the Living Bible translation. “If you persist in living your own way, you will eat the bitter fruit of living your own way, and experience the terrors of the pathway you have chosen.” In Proverbs 14 it says this; “There is a path that may seem straight to someone but in the end it is a path to death.” This means that in my own estimation, without accountability, I can and will make wrong choices and decisions even if I am real good at making them… why… because I am an imperfect human being!
In terms of temperament, Choleric’s and Melancholies are notorious for this type of behavior. The old adage is this, “Melancholies think they know everything, and Choleric’s know they know everything.” Pride, ego and rebellion all go hand in hand. The melancholy does not want to appear incompetent or out of control so they won’t ask, the Choleric sees no need to ask because they believe they already know the answer.
So in a real sense, you will be ego driven, or accountability driven. Don’t forget the acronym, for EGO…. “Easing God Out.” Once again, if I do not have a perceived need, I will not seek help or advice, or be accountable. My friend Brennan Manning says it this way, ” We are all broken and if we weren’t we would be God.” If I do not know I am broken, I will believe that I am the “be all and end all”, and have no perceived need for accountability.
My friend Sam Silverstein says it this way…. ” Accountability isn’t just for leaders, it’s for everyone.” One of the most important leadership and personal acquisitions is accountability. Where there is no accountability, the people will not see it’s value, and cast off restraints meant to keep them individually and corporately safe and prosperous, leaving themselves and the entire organization vulnerable.
And one last point… this applies as the individual first, in interpersonal relationships, in marriage, in the home, and in business or workplace. It starts in the heart and when adopted as a virtue, will lead to success in prosperity in all areas.
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