Responsibility and Accountability

Alignment, Accountability and Autonomy are three English terms that together form a solid foundation of work in adaptive organizations.

Alignment describes the agreement of the ideas and goals of different people, e.g. a team and a manager.

Autonomy describes the degree of self-determination for a person or a team. Important for a stable autonomy is always the clear description of its limits.

Accountability (also responsibility) in English, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is “the quality or state of being accountable; an obligation or willingness to take responsibility for one’s actions.”

Promoting responsible action

Important: Accountability is not about punishment for wrongdoing, but about a willingness to take responsibility for one’s actions.

If I, as a leader, want to promote responsible action, I should

  • Starting with myself, showing integrity and responsible action
  • set clear expectations
  • Creating trust and psychological safety .
  • Forum SMART tasks. SMART as an abbreviation for: “specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, trackable”, i.e. specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, trackable or

More on this can be found in the article “Lead”