All to often we hear someone say, “You have to hold them accountable.” Or we hear a leader say, “I’m going to hold you accountable.” The truth is that it should never be about holding people accountable. We, as leaders, should be helping people be accountable. There is a big difference between the two.
The Accountability Blog
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An elected official on national television blatantly denies something when asked, only to have to backtrack the next day as the truth comes out. Another elected official has over 70% of their statements documented as “not true”. Social media outlets overflow with false news. Does the truth not matter to anyone anymore? Can accountability exist in our post-truth world?
Do we not know we’re being lied to or do we just not care? Recently when I mentioned the amount of lies produced by one candidate the person I was speaking with said, “I just think that all politicians lie. That’s just the way it is.”
If enough people lie, then it’s okay?
We hear it all the time. “I want my kids to be more accountable.” “I wish my people would be more accountable.” “They should be more accountable.” We tend to focus on our need for the people around us to be accountable. The truth is that only when we choose to be accountable will the people in our personal and professional lives be accountable.
All too often we want in others what we don’t have in ourselves. Accountability is no different.