Accountability: Iron Sharpens Iron

| June 17, 2019

Accountability: Iron Sharpens IronWe all hold ourselves accountable to the one true God, however, how are we, as business men and women, holding ourselves accountable in business?

Proverbs 27:17 says ‘Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another’. Likewise, Ecclesiastes 4:9 says ‘Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow’. That’s powerful! Having another to help lift us up when we have fallen is so vital, both in life and in business.

We all know that business has its ups and downs…so the real question is, are we going to do it alone or with an accountability partner?

Accountability is defined as ‘an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.’ Accountability is the glue that keeps your finances, sales, goals, and organization together in one unified direction, no matter what potholes or speed bumps you hit along the way. It can seem a bit intimidating to open up to someone to make sure that we’re on track, especially when you’re talking about finances or business issues.

However, accountability with the right individual will not make you feel like you’re being judged, instead, you would be coached and encouraged to gain clarity through those business challenges. So here are some tips to think about in having an accountability partner:

  1. Have the right mindset – Don’t go into this thinking you will be judged or laughed at. Instead, the right partner will uplift you and speak to you in such a way that will push you to see things that you did not before. Go with an open mind.
  2. Find the right partner – It’s vital to find someone that you feel a connection with, someone that will challenge you, yet encourage you in a genuine way. Understand your personality and what you will need in the right person to work with you.
  3. Be real with yourself and your business – In order for accountability to work, you need to tell it like it is without any sugar on top. Getting real about an issue or challenge that is going on will help your accountability partner gain the truth and determine real steps that are needed to move forward.
  4. Be good for your word – Part of accountability is the expectation that you will do as you say. Really good accountability partners will give you tasks, homework, or to-do’s each time you speak so that you see things that need to be done. If you give your word that you will do it, then do it.
  5. Be teachable – this is one of those traits that can’t be taught by anyone. Being teachable allows the accountability partner to guide you through those moments that you feel the most vulnerable…it’s not easy. But when you have a level of trust with that partner, it will be the most rewarding moments you will ever experience.
  6. Be consistent – Make sure to dedicate time on a consistent basis in order to dig deep with your issues and come to real solutions. Have that level of commitment from your accountability partner as well.

Accountability is one of the key models and ingredients for a successful business and organization. Make a decision to be accountable and to be sharpened by iron.

Category: Management

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Email | Website | Sean Erwin is a Business and Performance Coach for Integrity Performance Coaching. He has been involved in insides sales for almost 20 years, with a passion for helping businesses and real estate professionals win more business through proper lead generation techniques.