The Character Mirror

An excerpt from my latest book “The Power Of Community”


Accountability is feedback. Imagine accountability as a mirror. It’s a mirror to see who you’re becoming. Therefore, accountability is a “character mirror,” so to speak. There’s a social media meme that depicts a kitten looking in a large mirror. But instead of seeing himself as a kitten, the reflection reveals a huge, powerful, courageous lion. This is what accountability should do for people. It should help them see who they can become.

In the previous chapter, we talked about discovering others’ gifts and talents. Those gifts are developed further through this step. And if you want to build true community in your organization, you have to determine the values that will guide your community, and make sure that every member of your team, every individual in the community, operates by those values. It is only when the members of your team are accountable in this way that they, and the company, will be in a position to achieve their respective destinies.

The idea of living this way may seem overwhelming and maybe a little dangerous, but I know from my own experience that it’s only by doing so that you will be able to develop true community in your organization. Only by living an accountable life yourself, both personally and professionally—and the two are connected—will you be able to promote that value in your organization.