In a position of power and authority, there are many duties and responsibilities that we are expected to perform diligently and sincerely. So where does accountability come into this picture?
Let's dive straight into this.
While duty is what we are legally and morally bound to do, responsibility is the state of being committed to our duties and responsible for our actions.
This very quotable quote is often misunderstood by us -
"With great power comes great responsibility."
We want power; it's human to be wanting a hold over things, to be naturally feeling superior to other humans as well as other living beings because we are at a position of authority.
In any corportate setting, or even in institutions like the Armed Forces, the Police, the Administrative Services, and the Government, every individual not only performs his/her duty as per the job description, but also goes beyond it... beyond the call of duty, to make a positive impact.
But we forget that there's something else, something VERY important that makes great leaders out of people with and without authority. That one thing sets people apart, it gives them an aura that's so magnetic.
These people radiate optimism, and are sources of confidence and strength for their peers. They take initiatives and are proactive in their approach. Most importantly, they are true to themselves and are liable for their actions.
And that is ACCOUNTABILITY.
We are answerable for our actions.
To whom, you'd ask.
To the people you work for.
To the people who are benefitting from your actions.
And lastly, to your own self.
Also accountable for own actions and owning up the mistakes of the team. The team always wins but the loss or mistake is borne by the leader.