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Accountability – Leading by Example
December 13, 2012 | Christine McKee
Let’s explore accountability in the context of being aware of the contributions you make to each and every outcome you experience in life – whether it is in your business, with your family, in relationships and so on.
Grab a pen and sheet of paper and for each of the four points below, write down the percentage of time, out of 100, that you genuinely choose to live this way in your business life.
- Focus on results – by setting clear intentions and aligning your thoughts, words and behaviours to those intentions to ensure results.
- Be Responsible – by ‘owning’ your choices regardless if the outcome was successful or not so successful.
- Awareness of the ripple effect you leave – do you make your choices based on awareness of the ripple effect your actions or inactions have on others. Bottom line, do you leave others feeling empowered and vibrant after an interaction with you, or deflated, uncertain and a little flat?
- Self-empowerment – do you learn from all of your experiences (whether they were positive or challenging) so you can grow and expand your skills, knowledge and confidence?
How did you go with the percentages? Did you get 100% for everything? Wouldn’t that be wonderful! Be kind to yourself, you have a bunch of habits remember and not all of them will be shiny and fabulous. The goal is to move through life choosing more moments where you take accountability than moments where you choose not to be accountable.
How do you increase the amount of time you choose to be 100% accountable for the outcomes you experience in life?
Ask the question: What is one thing I can do or say that will move me closer to accountability next time?
Let’s flip the coin now and discover a little about non-accountability. We all have little ‘holidays’ here especially when stressed, tired, frustrated, under pressure or juggling lots of things. The trick is to recognise when you have stepped away from being accountable and choose a thought or action that will re-align you. You have journeyed into a non-accountable space if you do any of the following:
- Focus on reasons – why you didn’t get what you want. It will usually involve blaming someone or something other than yourself (e.g. other people, life circumstances, family upbringing and the economy).
- Have a need to feel good only – when you desire outcomes that make you feel good only, you justify and blame when an outcome is not what you hoped for. By doing this, you lose the opportunity to be aware of and learn from what you contributed to the less than ideal outcome. You ultimately deny yourself a chance to grow.
- Focus on self-interest – this is where you make choices that benefit you, with little regard for other’s needs or ideas.
- Staying in your Comfort Zone – this leads to disempowerment and can hold you back from becoming the most amazing and successful person you can be.
In moments where you may have strayed off the accountability path, breathe easy. Asking yourself a few simple questions will get you back on track.
- What did I contribute to the outcome I have just experienced that was effective?
- What did I contribute to the outcome I have just experienced that was ineffective?
- What will I do differently next time?
So, what will you commit to, to consciously live a fabulously accountable life?