As an entrepreneur, accountability is a major part of your day-to-day. Being held accountable can cut out time-wasters and increase your productivity ten-fold. I recently read an article from the YSF Magazine about Martin Seligman, the “father of positive psychology”, and how accountability is something he leans upon in not just business, but for personal goals as well (such as walking 10,000 steps per day).
In his article on accountability, Stephen Wiedner discusses a few reasons why Seligman’s accountability program works so well:
It’s a simple daily task
Its evaluation is objective (Did your pedometer reach 10,000 today: yes or no?)
Seligman is part of a group of colleagues who share the same goal
The whole group has to report back every day in a visible way
A system of accountability will help you get things done. It will help you take those tasks that you find yourself pushing to the back of your mind and check them off your to-do list. It will help your business grow. It will help you grow as a person. Accountability Works.
For more information on accountability, delegation, and teamwork (which I feel are all very closely related), please refer to Chapter 12: Delegation and Teamwork: The Keys to Leadership in The Prosperous Leader.