There is no doubt that accountability is the hidden secret of high performing individuals and high performing organizations.
Webster’s Dictionary defines accountability as the quality or state of being accountable; an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions.
To be in a position of leadership in anything you do in life, it is vital that you be accountable. That could take the form of a boss, a friend, a co-worker, a parent, a spouse, a family member, or a kid. We all are accountable to God with everything we do and God sees everything.
People deal with us based on what they think about us, not what we think they should think about us. So, when we make a commitment, we have to fulfill that commitment in the eyes of others. It is not good enough to fulfill the commitment in just our own eyes. Fulfilling the commitment in the eyes of others is the tricky part.
In my different men’s groups I am involved with through the churches I attend, we act as each other’s accountability partners. We have a time whenever we meet that we can share about things going on in our lives. Things that are going well as well as things we are struggling with. The other guys in the group will pray for you throughout the week, but they will also help you by holding you accountable for what you say you will do. Life can be very tough and it is even more tough when you try to deal with your struggles alone. Having the other guys as accountability partners really helps me to step up and make changes that need to be changed.
Your spouse or significant other make wonderful accountability partners. This is because you see them everyday and they see many of the things that you do that most other people don’t see. It can also be very frustrating because they can see more than you usually want them to see. Having their support and observations on your can be very helpful to your development as a person if you are willing to let them help you.
To be accountable in our jobs, it is necessary for us to go to our customers, our suppliers, the people we work for and even the people who work for us and ask them, “How am I doing?” We allow them to hold us accountable, in their eyes, for our commitments. Accountability is about being reliable. To get a good picture of your accountability, you may want to periodically ask yourself, “Can people count on me to do what I say I’ll do, as I said I would do it?”
Accountability is about high performance and not fear or stress. It’s about being willing to hold yourself to a standard that improves the performance of yourself and your organization. It is about having a willingness to be held accountable by others.
I would like to challenge you today to make sure you have someone in your life that you are accountable to. They will help you from getting off the road to success you are on.