What Do We Mean By Accountability? (5 min)

What Do We Mean By Accountability?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines accountability as “the quality or state of being accountable – especially an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.”

Accountability in the workplace might look like:

  • Taking responsibility for our own actions and their outcomes
  • Following through and doing what we say we will do
  • Recognizing the consequences when we’re not accountable 
  • Understanding that others depend on us doing our piece of the work and not to let them down
  • Communicating to others in a clear and timely fashion about our areas of responsibility


Check out this short video (2 min) on what it means to be accountable to your team: