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ByDr. S. Ignacimuthu   posted on01 Feb, 12 15999 Views 0 Comments Main Feature Add to favorite


“The unreflected life is not worth living.” - Socrates

Accountability is related to responsibility. It assesses and measures the depth of one’s responsibility. Accountability continuously evaluates the success with which it measures up to its responsibilities. In the event of a failure it accepts full responsibility for its defeat and does not seek to transfer the blame on to others. It is courage to accept and own mistakes without trying to hunt for justifications or excuses.

Accountability dispels doubts, fears and suspicion. It adopts measures to strengthen the weakest links and completes the tasks entrusted to it with responsibility. Accountability is careful and diligent in the discharge of its duties. It generates trust and confidence and proves one’s trustworthiness. It boosts one’s confidence. People admire and express confidence in persons who are accountable. Accountability successfully paves the way for greater responsibilities and gives a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction.


A man who was going abroad called his servants and entrusted them with his savings. To one he gave five dollars, to another two dollars, to the third one dollar, each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out on his journey. The man who had received the five dollars promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one dollar went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

Now, after a long time, the master came back and went through the accounts with them. The man who had received the five dollars came forward bringing five more. His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater things.” The same happened with the one with two dollars.

The man who had received one dollar came forward and said, “Sir, I went off and hid your dollar in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy servant! If you had deposited my money with the bankers, I would have received it with interest. You have been unfaithful. I will put you in jail.”

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