Personal Accountability Questions
You Should Ask Yourself

What are the personal accountability questions
that you should ask of yourself?

First, lets define what this means.  Accountability is when you are answerable for your actions.

Leadership Accountability and Responsibility

Claiming responsibility for the things you do or don't do is a good start to leading others to be accountable for themselves.

You also act as a role model.  Phrases that show you're liable are "I haven't finished it," "I made a mistake," "I'll do it" and so on.

A person who doesn't take accountability and responsibility for their actions uses phrases such as "it's not my job, " "I'll try," "I'll do my best," "I didn't know," "the other person was supposed to do it," and so on.

These people see themselves as victims and insist its not their fault that things didn't get done.

A leader needs to create an atmosphere where people are accountable for their actions by starting with themselves.

How Personal Accountability Questions Can Help You Grow as a Leader

Accountability Questions

In order to hold people liable for their actions, a leader will need to:

  • Let people know what is expected of them.

  • Listen and make sure others understand what is expected.  Work with them to overcome any concerns or problems.

  • Follow-up to see their progress and if they have any questions that need clarification.

  • Provide feedback to others on their progress.  Ask for feedback on your approach or ideas.

  • If results are not being met, then people will need to be held accountable with consequences.

  • Be a strong and assertive leader.  Provide information and support if needed.  Do not let things get off track.

By following the above personal accountability questions and tools, you will be well respected and people will trust your judgment.

How to hold yourself accountable

Let's say you work on your own schedule where you aren't held accountable to anyone else.  How do you take responsibility for your actions when you're your own boss?

Here's the short version:

  • Distractions are inevitable.  You need to focus on the task at hand.  You need to make a list of what needs to be done.

  • Determine what the most important goal is.  An example is what needs to be done to bring the money in, not the lawn needs to be mowed, the oil needs to be changed, papers need to be filed, etc.

  • After the day is done, you need to review your list and ask if you accomplished your goal.  It's important to really spend time with this.  If  you're on track you 'll be able to determine if there are problems or if you need to tweak something.

You can still follow the above steps by asking personal accountability questions of yourself:

  • Write down you goals.  What do you expect of yourself.

  • Make sure you know exactly what you want.  If you are unsure, then look it up or ask someone for their input.

  • Check your progress.  If everything is going as planned, then keep going.  If you've hit a snag, then do some research or find someone that can help.

  • Make notes on your progress.  This will provide information on whether you should alter your strategy.  It also lets you know what is working and it could be referenced at a later time, if needed.

  • If you haven't accomplished your goal, then you must be accountable.  You're the only one.  You can't blame it on the distractions.

  • Stay focused.  As time progresses, you'll become more efficient which leaves time for the other things that need to get done like the lawn, cleaning, etc.

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