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200+ Accountability Quotes


Accountability Quotes for Work

“Leaders inspire accountability through their ability to accept responsibility before they place blame.” – Courtney Lynch

“Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” – General Colin Powell

“Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.” – Pat Summitt

“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” – Thomas Paine

“When bad things happen, resist the urge to blame others. Instead, find something you can do yourself to fix the problem.” – Dave Ramsey

“Accountability is the measure of a leader’s height.” – Jeffrey Benjamin

“For most people, blaming others is a subconscious mechanism for avoiding accountability. In reality, the only thing in your way is you.” – Steve Maraboli

“Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly, and being held accountable.” – Jason Kidd

“Peer-to-peer accountability is the primary and most effective source of accountability on the leadership team of a healthy organization.” – Patrick Lencioni

“Accountability is essential to personal growth as well as team growth. How can you improve if you’re never wrong? If you don’t admit a mistake and take responsibility for it, you’re bound to make the same one again” – Pat Summit

“A culture of accountability makes a good organization great and great organization unstoppable.” – Henry Evans

“Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to results.” – Bob Proctor

“Accountability is not only what we do but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” – Moliere

“When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are.” – Cesar Chavez

“There is no accountability in soft money. None.” – Zach Wamp


Accountability Quotes for Leadership Skills

“A local company has more accountability.” – Paul Hawken

“I am the lord of myself, accountable to none.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Great companies have high cultures of accountability, it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before, and I think our culture is strong on that.” – Steve Ballmer

“To be able to work at home successfully takes all of the following: motivation, perseverance, work, good habits, no excuses, balance, accountability, and action.” – Byron Pulsifer

Accountability is – first and foremost – about being reliable. To get a good picture of your personal accountability, you may want to periodically ask yourself, “Can people count on me to do what I say I’ll do, as I said I would do it?” – Henry J. Evans

“Accountability is a two-way street. As a leader, you want to know that you can count on people to do what they said they would do. Likewise, your colleagues want to know that they can count on you as the leader to do what you have promised them.” – Greg Bustin

“Creating a culture of integrity and accountability not only improves effectiveness, but it also generates a respectful, enjoyable, and life-giving setting in which to work.” – Tom Hanson

“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” – Dalai Lama

“A culture of responsibility exists when people in every corner of the organization make the personal choice to take steps to accountability.” – Roger Connors

“You’ve got to get your team to not only understand your company brand but also to understand their personal brand.” – Amber Hurdle

“A self-managed team is one that has the capacity and the authority to make all the key decisions about the way it does work –How it sets its goals, how it holds itself accountable, even defining why the team exists.” – Jeff Russel

“It all came down to employee engagement. It all came down to recognition. It all came down to leadership, which led to every sailor feeling ownership and accountability for the results. You can ask a team to accomplish a mission, but you can’t order excellence.” – Mike Abrashoff

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” – Lou Holtz

“If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.” – Henry Cloud


Accountability Quotes for Home

“The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there’s only one other choice.” – Doug Larson

Take accountability… Blame is the water in which many dreams and relationships drown.” – Steve Maraboli

“Exercise. It made me accountable to myself by teaching me how to feel strong. But I don’t mean just on the outside. It got to me in a deeper way by showing me how to have a healthy relationship with myself.” – Stacey Griffith

“Remember that you are unique. If that has not been fulfilled, then something wonderful has been lost.” – Martha Graham

“No one is perfect, and we all understand that, but when we decide to make that lifelong commitment, we need to weigh the cost and know God is holding us accountable for the commitments we make.” – Dr. Kenton D. Wiley

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brené Brown

“When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are.” – Ceasar Chavez


Accountability Quotes to Be Caring

“Some think success is all about ‘choices’ and ‘personal responsibility.’ Yes, those are real, but it’s so much more complicated than that.” – Robert H. Frank

“A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.” – Joseph Fort Newton

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

“When the people become involved in their government, government becomes more accountable, and our society is stronger, more compassionate, and better prepared for the challenges of the future.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“You must be accountable constantly to those demands that are made on your time and it is only you that can allocate what time can be used for what purpose.” – Byron Pulsifer

“People are more inclined to pass the buck than they are to take responsibility. The fact is, though, passing the buck doesn’t build your character or give you the opportunity to learn from your mistakes.” – Marshall Goldsmith

“Accountability is the issue! If you can’t find a way to get people to be accountable, you’re going to find it hard to make anything else work, let alone your business.” – Robert Lebo

“At times it is difficult to see the forest through the trees, and other tragedies have come and gone, but the main thing that I have learned is that I am accountable for my thoughts, my words, my actions, and my inactions.” – Scott Schwab

“If I could give one tip for people – it’s not an exercise or nutrition regimen. It’s to walk your talk and believe in yourself because, at the end of the day, the dumbbell and diet don’t get you in shape. It’s your accountability to your word.” – Brett Hoebel

“It is in your best interest to recognize that there is a difference between being responsible and taking responsibility. You Have the Freedom and Power to Choose.” – Christopher Avery

“To take responsibility for yourself as a leader and person; you need to learn to unlearn bad habits, and learn from your mistakes.” – Andrea Reibmayr

“I believe that accountability is the basis of all meaningful human achievement.” – Sam Silverstein

“To achieve life mastery and be worthy of a life well lived, we must take action, ownership, and responsibility for our choices. Our date with destiny is not about reaching a final destination. It is about how fully we live the journey.” – Will Craig

“I learned how I wanted to treat people – not only on my team but in life. I learned the importance of accountability and being invested in every one of your teammates. I realized character could be as valuable as a home run, and my behavior and that attitude helped extend my career.” – David Ross


Accountability Quotes for Life

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen R. Covey

“When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” – David Brin

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable.” – Joe Dumars

“You can make any promises as long as you are not going to be there to fulfill them.” – Pawan Mishra

“Accountability separates the wishers in life from the action-takers that care enough about their future to account for their daily actions. ” – John Di Lemme

“Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility . . . . In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.” – Michael Korda

“The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity, and accountability.” – Simon Mainwaring

“Now where people are – at least the people I talk to – they are focused on issues of trust. Accountability also comes up, to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.” – William P. Leahy

“A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says I was beaten,’ he does not say My men were beaten.’” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“There’s accountability in the mutual fund industry. And they’ve been tremendous engines of wealth for people and they’re going to continue to be so.” – Jim Cramer

“The collapse of good conscience and the absence of accountability and public scrutiny have led to crimes against humanity and violations of international law.” – Nelson Mandela

“Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do.” – Gian Carlo Menotti

“Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result.” – Bob Proctor

“You can’t talk about leadership without talking about responsibility and accountability…you can’t separate the two. A leader must delegate responsibility and provide the freedom to make decisions, and then be held accountable for the results.” – Buck Rodgers

“No individual can achieve worthy goals without accepting accountability for his or her own actions.” – Dan Miller

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey

“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” – Ronald Reagan

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If we want unity, we must all be unifiers. If we want accountability, each of us must be accountable for all we do.” – Christine Gregoire

“Having authority implies accountability. If you reject the blame for failures under your watch, people reject your leadership.” – Rick Warren

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case, he is justly accountable to them for the injury.” – John Stuart Mill

“Trust, honesty, humility, transparency and accountability are the building blocks of a positive reputation. Trust is the foundation of any relationship.” – Mike Paul


Accountability Quotes to Be More Righteous

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” – Jim Rohn

“When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.” – Louis Nizer

“Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.” – Benjamin Franklin

“There’s not a chance we’ll reach our full potential until we stop blaming each other and start practicing personal accountability.” – John Miller

“Perhaps nothing in our society is more needed for those in positions of authority than accountability.” – Larry Burkett

“Some favorite expressions of small children: “It’s not my fault…They made me do it…I forgot.” Some favorite expressions of adults: “It’s not my job…No one told me…It couldn’t be helped.” True freedom begins and ends with personal accountability. -Dan Zadra It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” – Josiah Stamp

“Life is not accountable to us. We are accountable to life.” – Denis Waitley


Accountability Quotes for General

“When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice.” – Brené Brown,

“When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” – David Brin

“Dignity is the reward of holding oneself accountable to conscience.” – Wes Fesler

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams

“Trust is the glue that holds everything together. It creates the environment in which all of the other elements of win-win stewardship agreements, self-directing individuals and teams, aligned structures and systems, and accountability can flourish.” – Stephen Covey

“We need, first of all, for there to be accountability, for there to be somebody who is responsible for enforcing standards and holding people’s feet to the fire.” – Jennifer Granholm

“Grace does not cancel out our responsibility or accountability for the things God has given us to do.” – Mike Bickle


Accountability Quotes For Everyday Living

“Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability.” – Wes Fesler

“If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything.” – Claude McKay

“Even if I have to stand alone, I will not be afraid to stand alone. I’m going to fight for you. I’m going to fight for what’s right. I’m going to fight to hold people accountable” – Barbara Boxer

“Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.” – Anita Brookner

“Accountability only works if you want it to.” – Dillon Burroughs

“People think responsibility is hard to bear. It’s not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence.” – Henry A. Kissinger

“Great companies have high cultures of accountability, it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before, and I think our culture is strong on that.” – Steve Ballmer

“If a business has to be told that it needs more focus, accountability and decisiveness, there is a bigger problem at hand.” – Brad Garlinghouse

“If one meets a powerful person–Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin or Bill Gates–ask them five questions: “What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?” – Tony Benn

“The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself.” – John Stuart Mill

“Hold everybody accountable? Ridiculous!” – W. Edwards Deming

“Never promise more than you can perform.” – Publilius Syrus

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“If you hang out with the chickens, you’re going to cluck, and if you hang out with eagles, you are going to fly.” – Steve Maraboli

“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.” – Brian Tracy

“Blaming others for our problems is like blaming donuts for being fat. It wasn’t the donut; it was the choice.” – Jeffery Gitomer


Accountability Quotes for Inspiration

“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” – Moliere

“The pride of man hopes but to blame God for the evils of the world, and to praise himself for the good.” – Criss Jami

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver

“Personal responsibility for everything is the hallmark of an enlightened being. You are in charge and responsible for everything. Embrace your powers and make no excuses.” – Russel Anthony Gibbs

“Personal accountability requires mindfulness, acceptance, honesty, and courage.” – Shelby Martin

“If you take responsibility for yourself, you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” – Les Brown

“Follow the three Rs; Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.” – Dalai Lama

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didion


Accountability Quotes for Personal

“What you do, tells me everything about you.” – Jerry Fernandez

“Understanding the true meaning of accountability makes us strong and enables us to learn” – Sameh Elsayed

“The worst thing that can happen to you as a young person, is to refuse to grow up. You refuse to grow up when you believe that someone else must take responsibility for your life and life circumstances.” – Saidi Mdala

“You are the reason for your own good luck and bad luck; success and failure; happiness and pain. Your choices are responsible for your present. Don’t blame someone else for your sufferings or failures.” – Sanjeev Himachali

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didion

“Stop pointing fingers and placing blames on others. Your life can only change to the degree that you accept responsibility for it.” – Steve Maraboli

“Wisdom stems from personal accountability. We all make mistakes; own them… learn from them. Don’t throw away the lesson by blaming others.” – Steve Maraboli

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill


Accountability Quotes for Moving Forward

“Creating a culture of integrity and accountability not only improves effectiveness, but it also generates a respectful, enjoyable and life-giving setting in which to work.” – Tom Hanson, Ph.D.; Birgit Zacher Hanson, M.S., M.C.C

“Concerns about accountability measures are especially relevant because quantitative evaluation has come to permeate social life. If it seems difficult to escape talk of accountability and assessment, it is because these ideas are now far more common than in the past.” – Wendy Nelson Espeland

“The benefits and possibilities that are created by being personally accountable are countless.” – Jay Fiset

“Teams keep leaders accountable for the goal. Individuals connected to no one can change the goal without accountability” – John C. Maxwell

“I believe the best way for teachers to deal with test-based accountability pressures -the way that benefits students -is to accept those pressures as a given, then plan and carry out instruction knowing that it will take place on an accountability-spotlighted stage.” – W. James Popham

“Accountability is the state or condition of being accountable or responsible. That is right. We are responsible for what goes on in our heads.” – John Vaulkner

“To function effectively, a business requires leaders who are accountable for driving success.” – Barry Linetsky

“Building a family plan with expectations and accountability for all members builds up the family and motivates each person to do their personal best every day. – Keith and Maya Traver

“If you try to take on changes on your own, it is easy not to keep yourself accountable. Try telling a close friend or family member what you’re doing and have them check in on you periodically.” – Kathy Stanton

“When we assign blame we are pointing the finger at who or what is responsible for a fault or for wrongdoing. We are trying to make others accountable. Blaming does not solve a problem it usually only makes people defensive.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“In reality, we all have our lives, and the accountability for the achievement of our dreams and goals falls strictly on our own shoulders.” – Thomas Matt

“To be concerned only about one’s own life is to deny that anyone else is worthy. However, you cannot be held accountable for someone else’s life, or how they feel or react to a variety of different circumstances or situations” – Byron Pulsifer

“My experience is that accountability is an extremely powerful tool to align an organization toward its objectives.” – Susan Gomez

“Break the riddle of accountability, the thinking goes, and you will have solved one of the thorniest issues in modern business.” – Mihnea Moldoveanu

“Good men prefer to be accountable.” – Michael Edwardes

“Jesus understood the value of relationships, teamwork, and accountability. Effective ministry often erupts from small teams.” – Beth Beutler

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.” – Spinoza

“Don’t get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it.” – W. R. Inge

“There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.” – Farrar

“It’s just that we’re all accountable for our own happiness. And being happy does matter. It’s up to each of us to find out what shape or form that takes.” – Peter Jennings

“In a fast-changing and increasingly complex world, accountability of leaders is acquiring a renewed focus.” – R Gopalakrishnan

“Be accountable for doing the right things. This means ethical execution of the activities that will actually support the goals you have chosen for yourself.” – Sam Silverstein

“It means a lot. It means I’m accountable.” – Champ Bailey

“The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself.” – John Stuart Mill

“A friend can inspire enthusiasm as well as accountability, and that serves to challenge you.” – Deanna Cosso; Romuald Andrade


Accountability Quotes for Patriotism

“Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation.” – Carl Levin

“Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability.” – Wes Fessler

“Where there is no accountability, there will also be no responsibility.” – Sunday Adelaja

“If we want to truly regain the public’s trust, we can provide greater accountability and transparency with a simple step. Let’s start by communicating to our constituents about the votes we take.” – Melissa Bean

“Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation.” – Carl Levin

“It was accountability that Nixon feared.” – Bob Woodward

“When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” – David Brin

“I made the decision. I’m accountable.” – Janet Reno

“A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.” – Joseph Fort Newton

“I believe that all of us have gangster proclivities and greedy orientations that need accountability. That’s why democracies are necessary. We have to have institutions to try to curtail the use of arbitrary power so that our greedy orientations and gangster-like proclivities don’t get out of hand.” – Cornel West

“It means a lot. It means I’m accountable.” – Champ Bailey

“Acknowledgment of torture is not accountability for it.” – Yousef Munayyer

“The United States stands at the pinnacle of world power. This is a solemn moment for American democracy. For with primacy in power is joined awe-inspiring accountability for the future.” – Winston Churchill

“Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.” – Atifete Jahjaga

“Good men prefer to be accountable.” – Michael Edwardes

“You see so many artists who are so talented end up living sad, empty lives. This industry takes so much out of you that without the accountability and leaving God in the center, you can be left so empty and void.” – Stacie Orrico

“On issue after issue, the polls – and these are not snapshot polls; these are polls over a consistent period of time – show that most Americans share what one could call core liberal or progressive values: investment in health care and education over tax cuts; fair trade over free trade; corporate accountability over deregulation; environmental protection over laissez-faire policies; defending Social Security and Medicare over privatizing them; raising the minimum wage over eliminating it. The country prefers progressive alternatives to the failed policies of the conservative right.” – Katrina Vanden Heuvel


Accountability Quotes to Become a Great Partner

“Take accountability. Blame is the water in which many dreams and relationships drown.” – Steve Maraboli

“Trust, honesty, humility, transparency, and accountability are the building blocks of a positive reputation. Trust is the foundation of any relationship.” – Mike Paul

“Secrete elisions within families are suddenly revealed by self-execution, and just as quickly sheeted with excuses, blame, and counter-blame. But the sense is made of the world only through a relationship between action and reaction, symptom and cause. No change is possible without an analysis of accountability. ” – Antonella Gambotto Burke

“When you think that everything is someone else’s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – Dalai Lama

“Love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect, and trust.” – Bell Hooks

“A relationship is a huge responsibility. It’s an investment of time, money, energy, and emotions, and you must be accountable for your comings and goings. And that’s just beginning.” – Michael Benjamin

Accountability Quotes for Responsibility

“Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability.” – Wes Fessler

“Ignorance is a progressive thinker’s enemy; acceptance, awareness, accountability, and action are the tools of the informed; of people who want change and do all they can to achieve it.” – Carlos Wallace

“I believe accountability is the basis of all meaningful human achievements.” – Sam Silverstein

“There’s a responsibility, but there’s also accountability. You have to be accountable for your actions. You have to stand at your locker when things are going bad.” – Derek Jeter

“At the end of the day, we are accountable to ourselves – our success is the result of what we do.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Accountability is the state of being accountable or responsible. That is right. We are responsible for what goes on in our hands.” – John Vaulkner

“Everything is about accountability to the American people, accountability of the executive branch … [and] accountability of the oversight of the Congress.” – Jay Rockefeller

“Personal responsibility for everything is the hallmark of an enlightened being. You are in charge and responsible for everything. Embrace your powers and make no excuses.” – Russel Anthony Gibbs

“Personal accountability requires mindfulness, acceptance, honesty, and courage. – Shelby Martin

“If you take responsibility for yourself, you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” – Les Brown

“Follow the three Rs; Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.” – Dalai Lama

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didion

“The conduct of an accountable being must be regulated by the operations of its own reasons.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

“It’s the big E-word: Excuses. Excuses have a very cascading effect on future behavior. Success in one’s profession and fostering interpersonal relationships play a crucial part in how a person handles taking responsibility over making excuses.” – Anwar Williams

“For those of you who hand out the drinks, or serve drinks, you also have a responsibility. Maybe if the decision on alcohol consumption was a shared illegal activity in that accountability reached beyond the drunk driver, this malady, this lack of good judgment would start to change.” – Byron Pulsifer

“Becoming a good father is not automatic – it takes time and effort. We must be willing to invest in this job – our most important, second to being a husband – as any other career we might pursue. A father should present the fundamental qualities of leadership, responsibility, and accountability, as well as the capabilities of planning, disciplining and loving. Fathering is a full-time job.” – Myles Munroe

“You are the only one responsible for your actions and must understand that you will be held accountable. Actions that move you towards a goal or the accomplishment of a specific achievement must be positive, not negative, and must be of your own choice and not those of any other person no matter who they are.” – Byron Pulsifer

“Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.” – Pat Summitt

“On good teams, coaches hold players accountable, on great teams, players hold players accountable.” – Joe Dumars

“It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” – Josiah Stamp

Accountability Quotes to Instill Bravery

“When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.” – Louis Nizer

“Some want, to be exempt. They do not want to excel, they do not want to exert themselves. They want to be considered excellent, for desiring to be held exempt, from all accountability.” – Justin K. McFarlane Beau

“Anyone can possess, anyone can profess, but it is an altogether different thing to confess.” – Shannon L. Alder

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Intentions do not insulate us from the consequences of our actions.” – Jon D. Harrison

“The only way we succeed as a group is not simply following directions, but in keeping each other accountable for our actions.” – A.J. Darkholme

“Accountability and self-responsibility are critical to our success in personal, professional and public life. However, we often look for those character traits in others, rather than inculcating them in ourselves.” – Vishwas Chavan

“You steadily grow into becoming your best as you choose to be accountable and accept responsibility for improvement.” – Steve Shallenberger

“Make yourself accountable and your employees will hold themselves to a high standard.” – David J. Greer

“Open collaboration encourages greater accountability, which in turn fosters trust.” – Ron Garan

“If you can’t stand the heat, you’d better get out of the kitchen.” – Harry S. Truman

“For most people, blaming others is a subconscious mechanism for avoiding accountability. In reality, the only thing in your way is YOU.” – Steve Maraboli

“On one side of accountability is courage, on the other is freedom.” – Jean Hamilton-Ford


Accountability Quotes to Reward Good Behavior

“A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.” – Joseph Fort Newton

“To be accountable means that we are willing to be responsible to another person for our behavior and it implies a level of submission to another’s opinions and viewpoints.” – Wayde Goodall

“Never promise more than you can perform.” – Publilius Syrus

“Ownership: ‘A commitment of the head, heart, and hands to fix the problem and never again affix the blame.” – John G. Miller

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Leaders inspire accountability through their ability to accept responsibility before they place blame.” – Courtney Lynch

“Accountability breeds responsibility.” – Stephen R. Covey

“When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” – David Brin

“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” – Moliere

“The notion of accountability has emerged as a human tool to motivate people – do what you’re supposed to do or you’ll be held to account.” – Art Horn

“Creating a culture of integrity and accountability not only improves effectiveness, but it also generates a respectful, enjoyable and life-giving setting in which to work.” – Tom Hanson

“The benefits and possibilities that are created by being personally accountable are countless.” – Jay Fiset

“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” – Thomas Paine

“An accountability partner is able to perceive what you can’t see when blind spots and weaknesses block your vision. Such a person serves as a tool in God’s hand to promote spiritual growth, and he or she watches out for your best interest.” – Charles Stanley

“At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves – our success is a result of what we do.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“What if we had to give an account each night before we went to sleep of the one thing that we did to make life brighter for someone else?” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” – Napoleon Hill

“Most goals people set are not achieved because they are not held accountable for them. When goals are made in private they tend to fall off because people stop being motivated, stop focusing and stop prioritizing.” – Bola Onada Sokunbi

“Blaming, whining, deflecting accountability, risk aversion, and resistance to change are but a handful of symptoms of the adversity-beaten individual and organization.” – Paul G. Stoltz PhD,

“We are all responsible and accountable for what we do or say even if those behaviors occur in stressful times.” – Byron Pulsifer


Accountability Quotes to Overcome Resentments

“How can we resent the life we’ve created for ourselves? Who’s to blame, who’s to credit, but us? Who can change it, any time we wish, but us?” – Richard Bach

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

“The benefit of truly accountable leaders is that they are able to create effective structures where their staff know what is expected of them, and can improve the business for customers.” – Jane Storm

“Neither age nor experience matters when it comes to being personally accountable for any and all outcomes- no excuses whatsoever- be they positive or negative, nor shifting blame to other people or to external factors.” – Kory Livingstone

“Accountability is a statement of personal promise, both to yourself and to the people around you, to deliver specifically defined results.” – Brian Dive

“In the years I’ve been thinking and talking about leadership, I’ve come to realize that the desperate need for accountable leaders is the fundamental challenge organizations are facing today.” – Vince Molinaro

“The time has come to carry accountability forward, to take it offline and into the real world. To share our lives with just a few people we really, truly, honestly trust.” – Craig Gross

“Individuals and teams have a sense of ownership, and are focused, disciplined and collaborative while holding each other accountable for outcomes.” – Di Worrall

“Regardless of the complexity around us or the briskness of the winds of change that may attempt to drive us off course, taking initiative, being consistent and having others count on us to do what we say will we do – true acCOUNTability -sets people apart -particularly if we intend to make the most of what we do, and who we ARE, in service to others.” – Dr. Zara F. Larsen

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Sidditha Gautama

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brene Brown

“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability and no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” – Bill Bullard