Being accountable

Being unaccountable means that we’ll never take responsibility for ourselves or our actions. It also means we’ll continue to apportion blame and find excuses, put things off and indulging in only doing the minimum.

Accountability is the total opposite, being responsible for our actions regardless of the consequences. If something goes wrong we’re accountable. But how many of us would rather plead ignorance, than take responsibility or be accountable for the decisions they go on to make?

They find it 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. 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 them 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 and be accountable, but we have got to want to change so that we are accountable. When we’re not accountable, the white lies we tell, will turn into black lies. If accountability is instilled in us as children, we will always continue to use it.

I think being accountable is important and 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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