Being accountable

Being unaccountable means that we’ll never take responsibility for our actions. It also means we will continue to blame and find excuses, put things off and indulge in only doing the minimum, whatever the task.

Accountability is obviously the opposite. Being responsible for our actions regardless of the consequences. If something goes wrong or we’re questioned we’re accountable and that’s the way it should be.

How many of us would rather plead ignorance, than take responsibility or be accountable for the decisions we make or go on to make? It’s easier to say, ‘I didn’t do it, it’s not my job, or I didn’t know,’ rather than explain our accountability.

But the buck stops with us and needs to. For many of us, disappointingly, we tend to be accountable only when we know we’re not going to get into trouble or be penalised for something we’ve done. Children seem to be the worst culprits, but without parents teaching their children accountability, children will never use accountability as adults.

The less accountable we are, the more likely we are to take a back seat. We’ll never be to blame; we’ll always pass the buck on to someone else. Anyone can change to be accountable, but we have got to want to change so that we are accountable. It’s easy to pass the buck on to someone else.

When we tell white lies, those white lies will eventually turn into black lies. It’s always easier to achieve accountability when we’re children. If accountability is instilled in us as kids, we will always continue to use it. I think it is the right choice to make.


6 Aug, 2011

6 thoughts on “Being accountable

  1. I always try to be accountable for my actions because if I didn’t my conscience would bother me to know end. I probably take blame when things aren’t even my fault. Environmentally I use recyclable grocery bags and not the plastic ones or the paper bags either.

    I think children do need to learn early about being accountable. You’re right that if they don’t learn when they’re young, they will not be accountable when they are adults.

    I don’t think people teach their kids these life lessons enough (in the US anyway).

    1. I’m like you Lisa I am accountable for my actions and have taught my children to do the same thing. Although it doesn’t always work out that way. Children tend to listen to what they want.

      I do agree with you that perhaps not enough is being done to teach children about accountability. It happens in the UK too, not just in the US.

  2. I like your post Ilana.

    I come from a very simple family. I have always been taught accountability by my parents. I remember they said, ‘whatever you sow, you will reap/harvest them.’ That is why I always consider things before doing them.

    1. I think your parents were very wise. They have obviously taught you well.

      I agree it’s always important to think before we act or say things. Thanks for posting.

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