Personal Accountability

By, 11/06/2012

One of many employee responsibilities is to be accountable—to your employer, co-workers, and even to yourself. Developing a reputation of accountability is one of the ways you can enhance your career by showing others you’re dependable.

Accountability exists in many different aspects of your performance—for example, setting proper expectations. As is often said, it’s better to under promise and over deliver. Said differently, if you set proper, realistic expectations, your goals become attainable and it becomes easier to deliver on the promises you make. Additionally, what kind of results are you delivering? In the realm of setting expectations, the quality of results is just as important as the timelines you set for them.

Conversely, being accountable can also means taking responsibility for mistakes. It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but standing up, admitting mistakes and taking ownership for your actions is an admirable quality and those around you will appreciate your honesty.