In my opinion, accountability is the most important tool we have as humans to become better versions of ourselves. It provides the checks and balances to keep our egos humble; gives us the opportunity to become self-aware, to learn from our mistakes, and to say we are sorry. Probably why Executive Coaches have become so popular now? The Coaches provide an objective voice to hold the Executives accountable.
Interviews with VC funded young companies that failed go: I lost my way – I moved to ego metrics instead of cash flow metrics; Our salaries were too high with high expenses, so we ran out of money. The list goes on. Were they told the truth? Where was their expert to hold them accountable? Were their egos so high they didn’t listen?
I see it in project management all the time. PM’s who are afraid to tell the truth to their Sponsors. Fear is the number one enemy of accountability.