Why Is Accountability Important?

In your process of creating success, you’ve created a massive To Do list, right?

Accountability is one of the cornerstone principles in mastermind groups. Accountability is all about helping others to reach their goals through purposeful, sustainable action.

Wikipedia describes accountability as, “A is accountable to B when A is obliged to inform B about A’s (past or future) actions and decisions, to justify them, and to suffer punishment in the case of eventual misconduct.”

Well, I’m not so sure about the “suffer punishment” part when you talk about accountability in mastermind groups, but certainly setting up an accountability structure can help Person A get things done and Person B can help hold their feet to the fire.

In the coaching industry, we often suggest that people have an Accountability Partner, a person who agrees to:

  • Pay close attention to your overall goals
  • Keeps a list of which actions you say you will achieve (and the due date for each action)
  • Reminds you when actions are not completed or not achieved by the deadline date
  • Challenges you when the actions you take are not leading toward the goal you desire

The power of an Accountability Partner is that you do the same for them. This mini-mastermind helps to extend the power of a mastermind group between meetings, and works in tandem with setting and keeping goals within the mastermind meetings themselves.

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