The Character of Accountability

I often equate accountability to responsibility.  I have a job to do.  If I complete it on time and do thorough work, then I have been accountable to my team.  Today, I came across a quote from Paul LaRue that I really liked.  Accountability is “the willingness to be of increasing value to the organization and the people you serve.”  This ideal shifts the notion of accountability from a work product to a mindset.  It digs into the attitude and behavior of a person rather than merely their performance.  Solid performance is important at work, but when leaders are considering their key players and building a culture of accountability, using LaRue’s definition can separate the wheat from the chaff.