Dual Footprints Part 7 – A Commitment to Accountability
Dual Footprints and Mentoring
In June, I began writing this series addressing the commitments needed for a successful mentoring relationship. Previously I wrote about:
- A commitment of time
- A commitment to be transparent
- A commitment to slay the ego
- A commitment to listen
- A commitment to grow and develop
The final commitment is accountability, which is defined as, “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.”1
This stems from the inner character of the individual and their integrity. People with integrity demonstrate responsibility, they are accountable for their actions, and they are dependable.
Accepting responsibility for our behavior and actions is a mark of maturity. If you did not complete an action step developed with your mentor, then have the character to state the reason, accept responsibility for inaction, and don’t blame it on the full moon. Incidentally, do not make excuses, as that is nothing more than the skin of reason stuffed with a lie.
Can the mentor count on you to be on time, be transparent, slay your ego, listen, and demonstrate a willingness to grow and develop? These are internal qualities that make up our character.
John C. Maxwell writes, “Leaders without inner strength can’t be counted on day after day because their ability to perform changes constantly.”2 People who fall into this category are like the ocean waves: constantly changing and tossing about.
Dependability is like the Cape Lookout lighthouse in North Carolina. Mariners count on it being there to safely guide their seafaring journey.
An Astronomical Example
Accountability, responsibility, and dependability are orbiting moons influenced by the gravity of the planet Integrity. If there is no integrity, then there is no gravity, and the moons spin off into space.
What About You?
Where do you fit into all of this? If you’re taking the time to read my blog, then at the minimum you have some interest in personal growth and development. But does it end here or are you willing to go farther on your journey?
2John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, (New York: Harper Collins Leadership, 2022), 72