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  1. “Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen R. Covey
  2. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill
  3. “Accountability means to say what you do, do what you say.” – Pearl Zhu
  4. “Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to results.” – Bob Proctor
  5. “Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability.” – Wes Fessler
  6. “On one side of accountability is courage, on the other is freedom.” – Jean Hamilton-Fford
  7. “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  8. “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” – Moliere
  9. “I believe that accountability is the basis of all meaningful human achievement.” – Sam Silverstein
  10. “Personal accountability requires mindfulness, acceptance, honesty, and courage.” – Shelby Martin
  11. “A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” – Thomas Paine
  12. “A culture of accountability makes a good organization great and a great organization unstoppable.” – Henry Evans
  13. “Accountability to others and for what you do begins with respect for who you are and your behavior.” – Byron Pulsifer
  14. “At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves – our success is a result of what we do.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  15. “Accept responsibility for your actions. Be accountable for your results. Take ownership of your mistakes.” – Unknown
  16. “Taking personal responsibility is a beautiful thing because it gives us complete control of our destinies.” – Heather Schuck
  17. “Talent is part of the equation, but when you combine talent with accountability and authenticity, it is tough to beat.” – David Ross
  18. “The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making excuses, that’s the day you start to the top.” – O. J. Simpson
  19. “When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” – David Brin
  20. “In reality, we all have our lives, and the accountability for achievement of our dreams and goals falls strictly on our own shoulders.” – Thomas Matt
  21. “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
  22. “For most people, blaming others is a subconscious mechanism for avoiding accountability. In reality, the only thing in your way is YOU.” – Steve Maraboli
  23. “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” – Sigmund Freud
  24. “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
  25. “Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.” – Pat Summitt
  26. “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
  27. “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
  28. “When accountability is present, people keep their eyes on a very clear prize. They know what they are working toward and how they are going to get there.” – Henry J. Evans
  29. “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 Lebow
  30. “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
  31. “We are all accountable for our actions; their affect and influence on our lives and the lives of others. Understanding the true meaning of accountability makes us strong and enables us to learn.” – Sameh Elsayed
  32. “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 Summitt
  33. “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
  34. “You are not responsible for the actions of others. You are only responsible for yourself. Life may throw bricks at you + people may dishonour you but you’re in control of how you show up in the world. Take full responsibility over your actions.” – Ash Alves
  35. “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


  1. “Good men prefer to be accountable.” – Michael Edwardes
  2. “Accountability only works if you want it to.” – Dillon Burroughs
  3. “Transparency increases credibility and accountability.” – Park Won-soon
  4. “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” – General Colin Powell
  5. “If you can’t stand the heat, you’d better get out of the kitchen.” – Harry S. Truman
  6. “Intentions do not insulate us from the consequences of our actions.” – Jon D Harrison
  7. “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” – Benjamin Franklin
  8. “Make yourself accountable and your employees will hold themselves to a high standard.” – David J. Greer
  9. “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” – Lou Holtz
  10. “Anyone can possess, anyone can profess, but it is an altogether different thing to confess.” – Shannon L. Alder
  11. “The pride of man hopes but to blame God for the evils of the world, and to praise himself for the good.” – Criss Jami
  12. “The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there’s only one other choice.” – Doug Larson
  13. “On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable.” – Joe Dumars
  14. “Ownership: ‘A commitment of the head, heart, and hands to fix the problem and never again affix the blame.” – John G. Miller
  15. “When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.” – Louis Nizer
  16. “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
  17. “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
  18. “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
  19. “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
  20. “Accountability is a statement of personal promise, both to yourself and to the people around you, to deliver specific defined results.” – Brian Dive
  21. “There’s not a chance we’ll reach our full potential until we stop blaming each other and start practicing personal accountability.” – John Miller
  22. “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
  23. “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
  24. “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
  25. “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
  26. “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
  27. “Some want, to be exempt. They do not want to excel, they do not want to exert. They want to be considered excellent, for desiring to be held exempt, from all accountability.” – Justin K. McFarlane Beau
  28. “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
  29. “You are the reason of 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
  30. “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
  31. “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
  32. “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
  33. “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
  34. “Building a culture in which people take accountability to deliver on its promises is hard work and can be difficult to accomplish. Only when every person is held accountable to themselves, their peers, and their shared possibility can the impossible become possible.” – Ginger Graham
  35. “The best kind of accountability on a team is peer―to―peer. Peer pressure is more efficient and effective than going to the leader, anonymously complaining, and having them stop what they are doing to intervene. — Patrick LencioniIt was accountability that Nixon feared.” – Bob Woodward


  1. “Responsibility brings accountability.” – Ken Robins
  2. “What you do, tells me everything about you.” – Jerry Fernandez
  3. “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” – Stanislaw LeM
  4. “Life is not accountable to us. We are accountable to life.” – Denis Waitley
  5. “Where there is no accountability, there will also be no responsibility.” – Sunday Adelaja
  6. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
  7. “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” – Napoleon Hill
  8. “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  9. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn
  10. “You can make any promises as long as you are not going to be there to fulfill them.” – Pawan Mishra
  11. “Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation.” – Carl Levin
  12. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown
  13. “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” – Plato
  14. “We are all responsible and accountable for what we do or say even if those behaviors occur in stressful times.” – Byron Pulsifer
  15. “Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver
  16. “Every one of us is responsible for everyone else in every way. Everyone is really responsible for everyone and everything.” – Father Zossima
  17. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley
  18. “Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done.” – Hubert Selby Jr.
  19. “You steadily grow into becoming your best as you choose to be accountable and accept responsibility for improvement.” – Steve Shallenberger
  20. “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 injury.” – John Stuart Mill
  21. “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
  22. “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
  23. “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, Poems About Life
  24. “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
  25. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  26. “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
  27. “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
  28. “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
  29. “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
  30. “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, Quiet Determination


  1. “Never promise more than you can perform.” – Publilius Syrus
  2. “Consumer accountability drives quality and efficiency.” – Pete Hoekstra
  3. “When people feel accountable and included, it is more fun.” – Alan Mulally
  4. “Dignity is the reward of holding oneself accountable to conscience.” – Wes Fesler
  5. “Open collaboration encourages greater accountability, which in turn fosters trust.” – Ron Garan
  6. “The benefits and possibilities that are created by being personally accountable are countless.” – Jay Fiset
  7. “Candor and accountability in a democracy is very important. Hypocrisy has no place.” – Alan Dershowitz
  8. “Accountability is a key concept in moving an organization forward, especially in a challenging business climate.” – Cindy Tucker
  9. “My experience is that accountability is an extremely powerful tool to align an organization toward its objectives.” – Susan Gomez
  10. “An honest man is not accountable for the vice and folly of his trade, and therefore ought not to refuse the exercise of it.” – Michel de Montaigne
  11. “Break the riddle of accountability, the thinking goes, and you will have solved one of the thorniest issues in modern business.” – Mihnea Moldoveanu
  12. “Individuals and teams have a sense of ownership, and are focused, disciplined and collaborative, while holding each other accountable for outcomes.” – Di Worrall
  13. “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
  14. “Creating a culture of integrity and accountability not only improves effectiveness, it also generates a respectful, enjoyable and life-giving setting in which to work.” – Tom Hanson
  15. “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, Adversity Quotient Work
  16. “The best kind of accountability on a team is peer-to-peer. Peer pressure is more efficient and effective than going to the leader, anonymously complaining, and having them stop what they are doing to intervene.” – Patrick Lencioni
  17. “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, Goal Setting To Live Your Dreams


  1. “Accountability is the measure of a leaders height.” – Jeffrey Benjamin
  2. “Leadership is about taking responsibility not making excuses.” – Mitt Romney
  3. “A president cannot defend a nation if he is not held accountable to its laws.” – DaShanne Stokes
  4. “To function effectively, a business requires leaders who are accountable for driving success.” – Barry Linetsky
  5. “Perhaps nothing in our society is more needed for those in positions of authority than accountability.” – Larry Burkett
  6. “Leaders inspire accountability through their ability to accept responsibility before they place blame.” – Courtney Lynch
  7. “In a fast―changing and increasingly complex world, accountability of leaders is acquiring a renewed focus.” – R Gopalakrishnan
  8. “Simple organizational structure and clear accountability are necessary conditions for the exercise of effective leadership.” – John Adair
  9. “Having authority implies accountability. If you reject the blame for failures under your watch, people reject your leadership.” – Rick Warren
  10. “Teams keep leaders accountable for the goal. Individuals connected to no one can change the goal without accountability.” – John C. Maxwell
  11. “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
  12. “Democratic accountability means that governments must be popularly accepted, with citizens empowered to replace corrupt or incompetent rulers.” – Raghuram Rajan
  13. “Leaders who fail to appreciate this fundamental precept of accountability must also fail to muster the profound commitment true leadership demands.” – Peter Cosgrove
  14. “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
  15. “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
  16. “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


  1. “Take accountability… Blame is the water in which many dreams and relationships drown.” – Steve Maraboli
  2. “A friend can inspire enthusiasm as well as accountability, and that serves to challenge you.” – Deanna Cosso
  3. “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” – Sir Josiah Stamp
  4. “Holding people accountable is love. When I’m holding you accountable, I’m saying, “You’re capable of a bigger game”.” – Unknown
  5. “True love does not only encompass the things that make you feel good, it also holds you to a standard of accountability.” – Monica Johnson
  6. “Our tradition calls for a commitment to accountability. This is not an assumption ― this is a promise that I will be there for you; and I can count on you being there for me.” – Bob Ladouceur
  7. “An accountability partner is able to perceive what you can’t see when blind spots and weaknesses block your vision. Such a person serves a a tool in God’s hand to promote spirtual growth, and he or she watches out for your best interest.” – Charles Stanley


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