Commitment Plus Accountability ~ Formula for Unstoppable Success

Commitment requires a clear understanding of what needs to be done and a willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed. Accountability is just as important as commitment and together the two create an unstoppable formula for success and high level performance in business.

Accountability + Commitment = Success. When organizations have a culture of accountability and commitment, anything is possible. Leaders and their teams achieve their key results, customers are happy, and employees are motivated and empowered.

Let’s take a closer look at the meaning and the importance of both Commitment and Accountability.

Commitment:

  • Commitment ignites action.
  • Commitment is persistence with a purpose.
  • Many people have good intentions and dreams, but only a few are willing to commit to what is necessary to achieve them.

The most basic definition of commitment is that of “an act of voluntarily taking on and fulfilling obligations.” Commitment is defined as the act of committing, pledging or engaging oneself. Commitment involves not only pledging one’s self to a purpose, but also practicing this system of belief on a regular basis.

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”  ~ Vince Lombardi

Commitments are important because they reflect our true character. Commitments are at the heart of business, and it is important to make and execute them with integrity. Commitments are things that you say you will do and people trust you to do. Commitment is knowing what you want to achieve, developing a plan to do it, following through with actions and then making sure you continue to sustain what you’ve developed.

Failing to keep you commitments is an indication that you don’t care. A big part of trust is caring enough to ensure that someone else gets the outcome they need and expect. A key attribute for achievement is when you demonstrate your integrity by valuing others and you hold true to your commitments.

It’s easy to talk the talk when it comes to executing and keeping commitments; it’s much more difficult to walk the walk. When you make commitments that you keep or exceed, you build the foundation for success and future growth.

Accountability:

  • Accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility
  • Accountable is nothing more than following through with your commitments and responsibilities
  • Accountability is simply doing what you know you should do

Accountability is a buzzword that is used frequently in business today. The definition of accountability is “the quality or state of being accountable; an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions”. It requires shared intention, responsibility, ownership, and commitment to action.

“Accountability breeds response-ability.”   Stephen R. Covey

Accountability is the willingness and interest to assume responsibility for one’s actions and work. It occurs only when people accept full ownership of the results of their work. Without accountability, an organization is incapable of achieving and sustaining high performance. Although accountability is not always innately found within organizations, however it can be cultivated through a focused effort and ongoing coaching and training.

Accountability reduces workplace negativity, improves employee morale, and encourages your team members to take personal responsibility for their actions and results. Instead of holding people accountable, all leaders should believe in their team’s capacity to choose accountability. Creating a culture where the choice to be personally accountable in service to the larger whole.

Accountability is the key to achieving results and helping identify the opportunities you need for success. I believe that you cannot achieve any worthwhile goal, if you don’t hold yourself accountable. When you hold yourself accountable, your performance will improve, people’s respect for you will soar, your self-esteem will grow and you become a great example for others to follow.

In conclusion, business leaders should create and sustain an organization that values commitment and exalts accountability. Without commitment and accountability, your business may have difficulty in the structure and growth of your organization, including loss of business opportunities and reputation.

Commitment requires a clear understanding of what needs to be done and a willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed. Accountability provides a sense of importance, and it is rewarding to see that our actions make a difference in our company’s success.

Commitment plus Accountability ~ Formula for unstoppable success!!

Jamie Wood, Avatel EVP

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