A while back, ok a LONG while back, I wrote a post on integrity. I am one who believes that all or part of integrity goes right into accountability.

Accountability is a word that a great number of people tend to overlook, especially those in leadership positions. This “issue”, however, is widespread to all ranks. I believe leaders should be held to a higher standard so, I want to write about it here, in that context. What does it mean to be accountable?

ac·count·a·ble [uh-koun-tuh-buhl]
1. subject to the obligation to report, explain or justify something; responsible; answerable.

Wow, that is a strong definition. It uses words like “obligation” and “justify”. My favorites, however, are “responsible” and most of all “answerable”. As a leader, I have to answer to every decision that I make. That is important to remember when making financial decisions or even when reporting project statuses to the project sponsors. All too often, we hear of leaders that seem to defy accountability. Millions of dollars are lost, misappropriated, stolen or even misreported. Some are honest mistakes, some are not so honest. Regardless of the origin, you as a leader, are responsible.

Since accountability is such an important subject; I will be writing more about it soon. Tell me what you think about accountability. What failures or successes have you seen?