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.