Why is it so important to be accountable?

What’s that mean to be accountable?  Being accountable means capable of being accounted.  And to be responsible.  And why’s it being accountable so important for business?  There’s a few reasons why being accountable is so important.  And here’s my thoughts on why.

“Not everyone is so complacent.  Markets rely on rules and laws, but those rules and laws in turn depend on truth and trust” (Handy, 2002).

So first, I wanted to talk a little bit about business first.  Why are virtue and integrity so vital to an economy?  Businesses are relationships from small to big between people.  Like Handy said, even all the rules and laws are also depending on truth and trust, so virtue and integrity is so vital to economy because the whole economy is depending on it.  What about what is the real justification for the existence of businesses?  The real justification is that it is to make a profit so that the business can do something more or better.  We will talk more about what more businesses can do later.  Handy proposed that a good business is a community with a purpose, and a community is not something to be owned.  I think it’s one of the best in business.  Everyone love and want to belong to something, something with a purpose that they want to belong.  From old days to this day, there are communities after communities.  From small to big, people love to be in communities.  Along with that, having a business and community culture is also so important.  A culture that is filled with networking events perhaps, to network with the people you interact with, and to feel more like family than just work.  Or a culture that a company can do goods together, like events to support non-profit organizations.  I think these two are so important in business, and these are also some great information to prepare us to be accountable.  And here’s why being accountable is so important. 

First, you want people to trust you.  Businesses is all about trusting one another.  No matter it’s the relationship between you and your customers, or your employees, or other business owners.  Do you want to work with people that are accountable?  That when something happen to you or your business, you can count on them and ask them for help?  Of course we all do.

Second, leaders are accountable.  Are you a leader?  You are a leader.  And you want to be a leader.  The best example is our Lord, He is the best leader that we have.  And he is accountable.  We are to rescue others.  And if we can’t be accountable, how can someone trust you with their life?  Or even their business?  One of my favorite biography I’ve ever read was the biography of Thomas S. Monson.  His biography called: To The Rescue.  His example is also a remarkable one to show how important it is to be accountable so the Lord can also trust us with rescuing others.  “President Monson is warm and attentive, with a wonderful sense of humor and a spontaneous love for people.  I think as a prophet he is irresistible.  He goes out in the kitchen to thank the people who prepared a meal; he gives a thumbs-up acknowledging your efforts; he shakes hands with everyone he can reach and high-fives the youth.  When he interacts with children, he almost always bends down so that he is at eye level.  If everybody were like President Monson, we’d have heaven on earth” (Walker, 2010).

Third, life is not just about money.  If we are only to focus on maximizing our profits, we will lose focus.  We should always focus on inward focus, and outward driven.  By the end of the day, it really is not about what you have, but who you are.  And not who you say you are, but who you act you are.  We are sons and daughters of God, and He loves us, and we love Him.  We want to be the person He wants us to be.  

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