Accountability and success go together

Responsibility is the one factor that distinguishes a winner from a loser. Whether at home, work, planning finances or in any area of life it is the key to success. Taking responsibility means committing yourself to a particular project or assignment; executing it and ensuring that the eventual outcome is what you want it to be.

No leader can be successful without being accountable for his or her actions.
However being responsible means having the courage to admit to your mistakes and wrongdoings and correcting them. Where one does not do so, failure might be just around the corner.

Excuses fuel failure:

Everybody makes mistakes. One should be able to take it in stride, admit he has gone wrong and try and seek measures to rectify it, instead of playing the blame game.

Making excuses rather than taking 100% responsibility for actions and decisions is the hallmark of people who fail to succeed.

Those who take responsibility and recognize their own weakness to the problem are the ones who grow and accomplish goals. Those who blame others or ignore their roles stagnate and achieve less.

A range of defense mechanisms are subconsciously employed to protect the ego by distorting reality and changing the perception, which helps to lessen anxiety.

Defense mechanisms people employ to justify their actions:

1. Denial: claiming or believing what is true to be actually false.
2. Projection: attributing uncomfortable feelings to others.
3. Rationalization: creating false but credible justifications.
4. Repression: pushing uncomfortable thoughts into the subconscious.

The leader has to be emotionally mature enough to see his decisions through and deal with the outcomes, whether positive or negative. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Demonstrate accountability:

Acknowledge that your work is your responsibility.

2. Make no excuses:

Excuses fuel failure. The next time you catch yourself making an excuse, whether for a missed deadline, an unmet goal, etc, gently remind yourself – no excuses.

Blaming others for things that aren’t going exactly as you wish must be stopped

Take feedback constructively if someone observes and gives you feedback that you make excuses and blame others for your troubles, control your defensive reaction and try to rectify it.

Blame and excuses are the characteristics of an unsuccessful leader. When events at the workplace exert pressure on you, you can respond positively or negatively.

By responding positively and taking responsibility, rather than blaming others or being indifferent, one can develop a strong foundation for growth as a leader.

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  • Col Virendra Kumar

    This post is good.Successful leaders not only ensure their own accountability and responsibility, they cover up their peers and subordinates as well. But, I know of so many leaders who have failed because of their efforts to cover up incorrigible peers and subordinates. Secondly, you have to find a thin line where you have to say ‘NO’ when you want to say ‘NO’. even if it brings you a bit of temporary unpleasantness.Overcommitment beyond own’s capability will bring down your success rate. Make all efforts to fulfill your commitment, take responsibility, guide your genuine peers and subordinates , that is what ,leadership is all about.
    Col Virendra Kumar