Welcome reader, to this Sunday's edition on Yari's Corner.
Today, we will discussing an important value that has been widely disregarded in the business world. That or it has been widely avoided.
This article will be about accountability.
While most of us view accountability in a negative light, this can also be an asset if used wisely. So relax and enjoy the reading material. Make your decision on the use of accountability after fully reading this article.
Why is accountability important?
Accountability, like most values, has really lost its momentum. This is due to the consequences that follow when an individual or enterprise assumes responsibilities for its actions. Simply put, people join thoughts of accountability with consequences. This is rightly done!
However, not all accountability has a negative outcome with negative consequences. If you hold yourself accountable when things go bad, you may be able to objectively look at the circumstances that led up to the events. This in turn, allows you to make changes in your approach. So when another problem comes your way, you can then adjust how you will react to it. The fact that a negative consequence follows from you taking accountability, affects you in a way that has in turn given you a positive result. You will not allow yourself to go down that road again if you know where it leads.
Accountability takes a level of maturity that is somehow lost in society today. It takes taking a hard look at oneself to pin-point the negative qualities that one has. Because the byproduct of accountability is consequences for our actions, we then know that, if I do something productive, I may in turn receive a reward for my hard work. If we do something lazy or sloppy, then the consequence of that action may not what we had hoped for.
Still don't get it? No problem. Let's put that in an equation for you:
Accountability = Consequences
Similarly, here are some examples:
Exercising = Awesome Bod
Financial Awareness = More money in bank account
Napping = Alertness
Snacking + Laziness = Lack or productivity or feeling bad for oneself.
Proactive actions to understand = insightful thoughts and better understanding for another's perspective
I can keep going, but for the purpose of this article and time, we'll leave it at that.
Why do people avoid accountability?
More often, individuals who avoid accountability are often trying to avoid any consequences that might come from their actions. Corporations who avoid accountability are trying to avoid multi-million dollar lawsuits. Similarly, your ex may be avoiding accountability of his dirty actions when caught.
Some individuals just seek to not be tied down to consequences when promises are broken. Therefore, they give vague directives that can be interpreted to a many number of ways. Other people search for another party to hold accountability as a way of a scape goat. When that happens, they are subject less to the consequences that come from actions. The individual who is the scapegoat end up on the receiving end of the outcome.
What can we do about people who refuse to be accountable for their actions?
As previously stated throughout this article, people who avoid accountability usually want to avoid being tied to a negative result or outcome. With that said, we should not allow for an individual to escape unscathed when their actions lead to this, rather help them see where the error was made and what to do to avoid the error in the future.
Creating guard rails in any relationship is a great way to hold a partner accountable for their actions. This provides clear boundaries on what is acceptable behavior, and what is not. When boundaries are set do not allow anyone to cross them. If you do, you lose less ground and respect in the relationship. Ensure that consequences when crossing boundaries are clear and concise.
If you are holding yourself accountable for a negative result or outcome, then see what you can do to fix the mistake. Communicate with the other party who you may have wronged and come to an agreement on how to compensate losses. Remember, accountability for negative outcomes does not define who you are as a person. However, lack of accountability lets any party involved the type of character you have. In future dealings, they may try to avoid you altogether.
Finally, I want you, reader, to keep in mind that not all accountability render consequences that are negative. If you continue to be proactive in your life, then the reaction to that should render positive results to a better you.
Have you dealt with someone who does not hold themselves accountable for their actions? Comment below. I would love to hear your stories. Thank you for reading. "See" you next week.
Yaritza Ellison has been an nurse since 2010. She has been essential to the healing process of many and seeks to continue to do so. Her passion for mental health and self help literature has lead her to launch justyari.org, where she aspires to coach young ladies navigating through work-life balance.