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Being Significant: Personal Accountability

by Larry Cole, Ph.D.,

Michael Cole, Ph.D., and

Byrd Baggett, CSP

The CEO exclaimed, “I wish my people would accept responsibility for their behaviors and mistakes rather than finger pointing.” Unfortunately, finger pointing seems to be the rule rather than the exception in many corporate hallways.

It is important for you to consider one question before reading this article. Do you have the necessary courage to exhibit personal accountability? You may feel tempted to flippantly answer affirmatively, but you may want to examine the consequences associated with being accountable before answering. First, accountability means you are responsible to somebody or for something. Second, being responsible means that you cause something to happen. Third, exhibiting accountability, as seen through the eyes of your co-workers, looks like the following:

1.Accepting complete responsibility for your behavior
2.Meeting/exceeding agreed upon expectations.
3.Admitting mistakes.
4.Admitting limitations of knowledge.

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