Blame vs. Accountability

Here’s a great checklist of Blame vs. Accountability, paraphrased from Meryl Runion.


  • Examines responsibility in order to condemn and punish
  • Focuses only on what went wrong
  • Is black and white in its assessment
  • Is emotional
  • Is personal


  • Examines responsibility to discover what can be done differently in the future
  • Focuses on what happened and what needs to be corrected
  • Explores the complexity of situations
  • Is reasonable rather than emotional
  • Examines situations, decisions, and behaviors rather than people

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