Within two weeks I was involved in four separate conversations on the issue of accountability.  In all four cases a lack of accountability was resulting in negative actions and far reaching consequences.

It seems that our human nature resists accountability, we see it as an undesirable concept.  Yet for our own personal growth and development, surely it is an essential element to build into our lives. 

Perhaps our negative association with accountability results from bad experiences in the past.  We have not seen accountability modeled in away that has been healthy and fruitful.  Rather it has been a legalistic, checking up and measuring up type way of relating.

Or is it that we prefer to hide behind masks that pretend...

"Leadership is more than influence.  It is about reminding people what it is we are trying to build and why it matters.  It is about painting a picture of a better future."

Michael Hyatt, CEO, Thomas Nelson

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'Character always trumps gifting in leadership.  And character is made up of many small acts of integrity.  Effective leaders have to pay attention to the small stuff even if they are big picture thinkers' (Hans Finzel, The Top Ten Leadership Commandments)

All of us can probably think of people who have been removed from leadership positions over issues of integrity, that no doubt started out small. Small stuff, that if ignored, will take you out.  It may be in the area of finances, relationships, truthfulness, personal use of work time or internet and media compromises.  Maybe it's failing to keep promises, or not following through with commitments.  There are many examples of things that start out as small corner cutting...