Today’s Zhishang Word of the Week is, Accountability, or Zeren. If you want to be considered for bigger roles in your career, then you need to understand the importance of this word. Because being viewed by others as highly accountable says that you’re someone who is professional and reliable to handle bigger responsibilities.
Accountability means taking ownership and responsibility for everything that you say and do, and knowing what others expect of you. So if you make a mistake or do something that didn’t turn out well, it means no excuses, long explanations, or pointing fingers at others. When something goes wrong, accountable people know that what matters most is to fix it and then make sure that it doesn’t happen again. That’s it.
By the way, when you lead and manage others, accountability also means taking responsibility for the work and mistakes of your subordinates as well. So if they don’t do something well, you’re the one that others hold responsible for their training, professionalism, attitude, effort, and results. If you can’t ensure these, then you’re not going to be a successful leader or manager.
Good companies value people who have a strong sense of accountability for the results they produce and deliver to others. Without this, you can’t expect your management, clients, or team members to trust you. And that’s my Zhishang Word of the Week.