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Thoughts on Accountability by Lao Tzu

Personal accountability is one of the seven character traits of a Pack Leader, as I write in Pack Leader Psychology. As a psychotherapist, getting patients to recognize, admit and correct mistakes is central to my work. Those who cannot do so, usually because they have low self-worth and are “Dominator” personalities, have a difficult time with personal  change, growth and transformation. This saying summarizes the idea of accountability perfectly.

A great nation is like a great man.

When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.

Having realized it, he admits it.

Having admitted it, he corrects it.

He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers.

– Lao Tzu

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