Accountability & Ownership as a Leadership Competency
Accountability can also be called ownership. Whether be it of a project or day-to-day responsibilities, accountability is a double edged sword. As a leadership competency, it calls upon the employee to take onus, whether of success or of failure. Thus, it forces the employee to be emotionally neutral, since along with the glory & the accolades which success brings it also teaches him/her a lesson in humility in times of failure.
Having accountability means taking full responsibility of an assigned task or project and continue being responsible whether in failure or success. Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. As a trait, staying accountable requires an emotional bank balance to be able to withstand the prospect of stepping forward and taking responsibility of failure of the task/project. It also requires a mental fortitude to be able to withstand the pressure and continue thinking clearly to turn the failure into success. You own a particular task or project completely if you can put your name behind it before and after its completion, regardless of the outcome. Accountability involves being wholly responsible for the performance or execution of the assigned task.