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.