Like the saying goes a drowning man will clutch at a straw, any man when held accountable for an error that he committed will try to survive using whatever means possible. And this includes pointing the finger and blaming the easiest target available. It happens to us every day even as kids. But the little lies are ones that can be ignored.
What happens when this habit of blaming each other comes into practice when we are full blown adults? When we are shouldering the responsibility of rung a business, working for someone or involved with the lives of the public.
Ready to be held responsible
This is a habit that is dying fast in the youth of today’s world. They are dying to take up bigger responsibilities but do not want the added burden of being held responsible when something goes wrong. It’s called playing it safe. But in some professions such as aviation consulting, there are simply no places to hide. If you ask any staff member why a mistake did occur you will hear the endless blame directed towards the company and the higher officials like, unrealistic timelines, lack of proper resources and the list goes on and on. It’s very rare that you see someone put their hand up and take the blame.
Although within some companies such accusations are not entirely baseless, most of the time it is a lack of responsibility that pushes people to believe the company which employs them is responsible for crafting an environment that creates or supports the errors that occur. But at the end of the day as professionals in a business, we have to take individual responsibility for all-out actions and the results of our actions.
Being accountable for all that we do is one way we help ourselves grow as well. Because we are constantly trying to better ourselves at whatever it is that we do and prevent ourselves from making a mistake so that we would not have to be questioned about it at the end of the day. It is something that can be of value to you as well as those who depend on you to do your job well.
When we know that we will be held responsible and are liable for our actions we will be continuously striving to improve and eliminate errors. We will develop a positive attitude which will eventually become contagious and help those around you also improve. Because ultimately our signature is a written testimony of our accountability and there is no escaping it.