4 Examples of Accountability

Raymond D. White
2 min readDec 15, 2022

Culture change starts with you!

We can’t expect anything to change if we are not willing to do the work. We need to be accountable for the actions or inactions that contributed to the environment.

Otherwise, we will perpetuate more harm to historically excluded identities.

The definition of being accountable is

(of a person, organization, or institution) required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible. — Google

How do we do that within our leadership?

Here are 4 ideas of what accountability could look like with additional reflection questions:

Accepting responsibility and owning mistakes.

Are you owning up to the areas that you control? Do you see how your role impacts the people around you? How do you respond when problems arise?

Continuously learning, growing, and improving your worldview.

What happens when your worldview is challenged? Do you lean in or shy away from a perspective that is different from your own? How are you implementing what you are learning?

Seek solutions that are inclusive and equitable.

How are you inviting multiple voices into a decision? Do your actions level the playing field for the most historically marginalized individual? What will you do if a solution causes harm to another person?

Follow through on the actions.

How will you show up and do what you are supposed to do? Who will help you stay focused and on task towards completing the work? What do you need to do to stay consistent?

To Recap:

1. Accept responsibility and own your mistakes

2. Continuously learning, growing, and Improving

3. Seek solutions that are inclusive and equitable

4. Follow through on the actions

Holding yourself and others accountable for their actions increases trust within relationships.

I want to hear from you! What are some additional ways we can hold each other accountable?

Raymond White loves to engage, equip, and encourage emerging leaders and their efforts to develop thriving teams. You can follow him on Instagram, Linked In, and Twitter!

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