How taking responsibility and ownership leads to organizational success

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In the workplace, being accountable means individuals are willing to complete their tasks, to take responsibility for their actions and take ownership of outcomes from those actions. They willingly perform their job and show up every day to fulfill the goals of the organisation.

Being accountable is important to reducing the time and effort required to complete a task because there is a focus on accomplishing the task at hand. Holding an employee accountable can help them to value their own work, increasing their self-confidence when they succeed.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are willing to take responsibility for your actions and ownership of the consequent outcomes of those actions. Clear goals help you plan and help you complete your tasks.

What does a lower score mean?

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You do not like too much responsibility and prefer more flexibility in achieving your goals. You require some freedom in how you are able to achieve your role responsibilities.

To nurture your Accountability:

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Take on roles that have clear goals and performance indicators, with accountability to achieve them. If you are lacking self-confidence or this skill, celebrating every small win and every small step to success can help you build your confidence and deliver results.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Are you in a role with clear accountability and role responsibilities?
  • Are you given freedom to focus on your role?
  • Are the tools you need to complete your tasks at hand?
  • Do you have someone who you can share goals with?
  • Does your manager help you stay accountable?
  • Do you have flexibility in how you deliver your tasks?
  • Do you celebrate every win, every task completed?

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