What is accountability? Types and why it may and may not work.

Lesley Glenner

“We all in some way will come to terms with our lives. And the beauty and the sorrow in our own journey.” – Cheryl Strayed

Need some accountability, partner?
A lot of practitioners come to HoloBeing seeking accountability in their professional lives. They feel they are slipping in some way or falling short of their goals. Perhaps not living “big enough.” At times, our perceived shortfalls may be due to a simple “lack of accountability,” but as we explore the details of solo-preneurship, the situation is often deeper, richer, and more complex.

Whether or not you simply “just need accountability” or whether there are real-world obligations and commitments hindering your progress, we welcome the opportunities to examine–in depth–just what is holding you back from realizing your dreams.

What is accountability?
At it’s core, accountability means “accepting responsibility,” either personally or publicly. However, the concept can feel very different to various people.

Our experience of accountability may be felt positively or negatively based on our past experiences. Our personality traits affect our perception of accountability. (Where do you fall on the spectrum of rebel vs. people pleaser?) and the degree to which perceptions of judgement are at play.

Types of accountability
In this article, we’re talking about leadership accountability, which cross-cuts many types of accountability — such as the moral, administrative, managerial, market based and professional expectations that guide and shape our actions.

Internal accountability is adhering to one’s own values and stated goals. This type of accountability–intrinsic motivation–provides a healthy, lasting sense of satisfaction. .

External accountability may be a supportive check-in and a reminder, which can be useful.

However, motivation to “stay accountable” that is loaded with judgement (from self or others) may need to be examined.

Why accountability may or may not work for you
If you see accountability as a condition of needing to justify yourself to another, with the idea that you might be punished or feel bad if your acts cannot be justified, accountability may not serve you well.

If you think of accountability as acting in accordance with your values, with perhaps a neutral reporting system in place to keep you on track, accountability may feel more supportive.

Who’s ultimately responsible? You
Some of us seek out accountability partners. Others rebel against the very idea of accountability. While individual processes are important to discern, we find most personal growth to happens when we learn to be accountable to ourselves.

Finding integrity in the area of accountability, helps you align your stated values with your actual behaviors to reach a state of wholeness.

HoloBeing’s Fellowship Circle supports holistic businesses owners of all kinds – especially healer-types – to find their business strengths and the business growth strategies that resonate deeply with their being.  We support you through exploring your business and money light and shadow so that you can move past deep-seated blocks and grow the business and life that you are capable of.  Read more about the one-of-a-kind Fellowship Circle here, the benefits of our group and how you can join.

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