When accountability is not valued, those who are charged with holding people accountable are going to be vilified. People can earn the villain title by doing things that are controlling or demeaning. Accountability is awkward enough and doesn’t need the power trips that can accompany the role. However, there are people who are vilified for simply doing their job. They care and have feelings just like everyone else but as soon as they put on the hat that communicates “authority figure”, they are transformed into a soulless robot that cares only for results. Leaders, bosses and other authority figures are not evil for asking the hard questions that hold us accountable. Most of the time, they are just doing their job so that I can do mine.