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Four Qualities of Accountability

December 10, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 15   Category: Others    Views: 661

We are accountable to one another. We are created and live in a society. We are answerable for resulting consequences.


All of us live in a society. We all have individual and social responsibilities. We are accountable to each other in our life. We are accountable to our own conscience.

What is accountability?

It is defined that accountability is a concept in ethics and governance with several meanings. Accountability is often used synonymously with such concepts as responsibility, answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and other terms associated with the expectation of account-giving. Further, accountability is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, products, decisions, and policies including the administration, governance, and implementation within the scope of the role or employment position and encompassing the obligation to report to some one, explain and be answerable for resulting consequences.
Four qualities of accountability

People who are accountable generally have the following qualities:

1) Vulnerability

It is the quality of accepting things even if circumstances are adverse. Even if wounded they are calm and take things patiently. It is the quality of bearing even wrongly judged and wrongly confronted.

2) Teachability

It is the quality of willing to learn, being quick to hear and respond to reproof, and for being open to counsel. It is humbly accepting truths and learning realities.

3) Availability

It is the quality of being accessible, touchable, and being able to be interrupted. In our modern societies everything is fast and availability has become a very rare quality.

4) Honesty

It is a rare quality committed to the truth regardless how much it hurts, a willingness to admit the truth no matter how difficult or humiliating the admission may be. It is avoiding all that is false or phony.

Though this is a tough list today we need others to hold us accountable. Sometimes an objective opinion will reveal a blind spot. Sometimes we may simply need a sounding board to help keep us on our target. Just remember that not a single one of us is an island. We need one another.



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