L&D Best Practices

To be accountable towards yourself and others, go beyond individualism!

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Self accountability

Self accountability definition:

Self accountability is defined as an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. In the workplace and in team work, being accountable is a paramount quality, linked with trust, reliability and responsibility. However, accountability can be wrongfully associated with other behaviors that ultimately drive damageable results.

There’s a myth that accountability equates to having to do everything in an individual, solitary way. However, a systematic tendency to avoid asking for help can have catastrophic outcomes. When running a project, it’s important to break it down, to divide it into phases and to identify who to turn to for help if required. Putting everything in place to get a project in on time is at the essence of self accountability. It often involves asking for help! Colleagues who are able to rely on others demonstrate responsibility for the commitment they made.

Every individual has a responsibility to themselves and to others to others to speak up and ask for what they need. Having too many tasks to complete will lead even the most motivated ones to the breaking point. To remain accountable, it’s important to speak up before this happens. Speaking up for yourself means that you are telling the truth about what you can and can’t do. It means that you’re asking for help when and as you need it. It means you’re communicating your results in real time and not trying to camouflage the truth. In a culture of accountability, colleagues provides feedback in real time, to simplify workflows and to guarantee a constant and sustainable level of performance.

There is an important time management dimension in accountability. We know that the unexpected will occur, we know that unanticipated events may impact what can be done and by when. It’s critical to build in that extra safety margin of time in order to set ourselves up for success.

How to demonstrating your accountability: the example of meetings

Meetings are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate accountability toward your missions and the people you work with. There are 3 key moments to show accountability: before, during and after meetings.

Accountability towards yourself and your career

Holding yourself to the highest standards of self accountability will ultimately take you far in your career. It’s key to put yourself in a position to do the job you want to have in the future. To get there, it’s important to take initiative. Find out what that next skill set is, not just to meet current expectations, but to meet future ones as well.