Accountability entails acknowledgment of your lapses. It means owning up to your mistakes even when it’s embarrassing and scary. Accountability means having the courage to say it’s your fault and to accept all the necessary consequences to come at you in the same degree of pain you’ve caused them.
Accountability means showing respect for your words and deeds by owning them and fixing the consequences if necessary. When you hold yourself accountable, it means you’re living in integrity. What you do when nobody else is looking measures how truthful you are. Accountability shows whether your beliefs, values, and attitudes are aligned with your morals and principles.