Accountability, Per the Marine Corps
Accountability is everything within the Marine Corps and within the working world. Unit cohesion could not exist without accountability. Good communication could not happen without good accountability. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines accountability as: “the quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions” Supervisors, running a company, need to have 100% accountability of their employees.
This is so that if someone else asks about a certain employee, the supervisor can give an accurate record of when the employee came in, where they can be found, and when their shift ends. If that employee cannot be found, accountability has been lost. Even if all that can be achieved is a general picture of where that employee is, accountability can still be maintained. So, in the civilian world, it is the employee’s responsibility to make sure that his/her direct supervisor knows where and when he/she is going somewhere.
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Within the Marine Corps, accountability can mean the difference between life and death. NCOs and SNCOs need to have accurate accountability of where their Marines are at all times. This means that those Marines need to give a “head’s up” to their direct command as to their whereabouts, and under certain circumstances, their actions. Whether those actions be training, pt, administrative, etc; the individual Marine should have the common sense to inform his direct NCO as to his location and or destination. Having proper accountability of your Marines is very important and crucial in many different ways.
Most importantly when you have an accurate account of all your marines, you know that any given Marine is safe and not in trouble or in harms way, and more importantly you have at least a general picture of where that Marine is and you know if they are in the proper place that they are supposed to be and if they are there on time. Knowing where the Marines under your charge are at all time, increases efficiency within the shop and decreases the amount of time spent idle. This can work in a number of ways. For instance, if a Marine is trying to et information on something they need or information on a specific task, the Mind someone to help guide them in the right direction instead of wasting important and crucial time looking for something as simple an answer to their question. The Marine Corps has a hard enough time trying to keep track of their marines already as is, even without human negligence and misunderstandings. There is a lot of wasted time in the day to day affair of a marine already without all the problems of the world trying to mess things up. Poor communication seems to be one of the biggest problems in the marine corps. s
Accountability is also a personal issue. Personal accountability is the act of taking responsibility for your actions in the workplace or other situations. Rather than directing blame on others the individual should seek to understand their own contribution towards the situation and how they could make the situation better. As most people do not interpret situations the same way you must learn to recognize the different communication styles and behaviors of others. Although we are not accountable for what happens beyond our control we can control how we respond to it. Our behavior and attitude defines who we are and our character.
We have to learn from our mistakes and take responsibility for what happens and how we choose to handle the situation. We can sit back and let things happen as they may or we can take the situation into our own hands and take responsibility for what we do and say. Personal accountability is not only our actions, but what we say and how others perceive us. Values are qualities or traits you possess. Values that are worthwhile represent your deepest priorities. Your personal values portray how you want to behave with other people and what you want others to see in you. What you believe in is a personal value. You live your values daily.
Some examples of values are ambition, individuality, equality, responsibility, respect, integrity, dedication, . loyalty, credibility, accountability, empathy, stewardship, teamwork, courage, flexibility, wisdom, optimism, discipline, and generosity. Your values are all the things that you have experienced in your life. The influence you have from from your parents, your friends and peers, your religious family, your co-workers all impact how you live your daily life. You demonstrate everyday your values by your contribution, your personal behavior, your personal interaction with others and the decisions you make.