Creating a culture of ownership is the foundation of workplace accountability, which helps teams eliminate surprises, develop better relationships, and foster trust. Personal accountability means taking responsibility for one’s actions and decisions without external urging or encouragement. All team members are accountable for their performance, attitudes, decisions, results, and actions in an accountable workplace. A culture of accountability increases employee morale and commitment, resulting in higher performance. Lack of accountability leads to missed deadlines, unfinished work, low job satisfaction, poor performance, and high employee turnover. High-performing teams create a culture of accountability by setting clear goals, communicating openly, being proactive, and demonstrating commitment to work. Fostering accountability requires discussing poor performance, redefining achievable goals, structuring deliverables, providing learning opportunities, giving regular updates, and offering feedback to direct reports.