Enough With the Term Accountability: Ownership Is Where It’s At

Which one do you relate to more? Do you know the difference? Ownership is something that becomes a fundamental value for an individual and accountability translates into responsibility. Both values have a role within an organization and team, it just depends on the culture you would like to create; however if you want to create a culture of collaboration and communication than ownership is the way to go.

Let’s break it down!

Accountability

Ownership

Extrinsic

Consequences

Evaluation

Expectations

Feedback

Measurement

Recognition

Rewards

Roles

Managers hold people accountable

Intrinsic

Challenge

Choice

Collaboration

Connection

Fun

Love

Meaning

Opportunity

People choose to take ownership

Ownership offers the freedom for employees to deliver results. It’s about taking initiative and responsibility for their work. Where there’s an opportunity to take initiative or bring ideas forward, it happens. Best of all, employees that rate high on taking ownership exhibit leadership qualities.

Accountability is the flip side of ownership. It’s about following through and delivering on everything you own. True accountability is key, because there is an exponential impact (a detrimental one) to a team when one person can’t make timelines or complete work as expected.

Ultimately, when a team exhibits both ownership and accountability, a high-trust environment is created which will ripple into the makings of a high-performance team and cultivate the desired culture.

Here are two questions to consider when cultivating team culture:

  1. Do you spend more time on activities that build accountability or ownership?
  2. What’s one practice you could adopt that would help build an ownership environment?

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Janic

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