Who am I accountable too? If I am a teammate, I am accountable to my leader and other teammates. If I am a leader, I am accountable to my teammates just the same. I may be the first among peers but I am not above them. When I choose to pull the leader card too often by excusing myself from accountability and standards that the rest of the team is expected to follow, I am communicating what I really think in my mind and heart. I lead this team but I am not a part of it. I am above it and therefore above accountability. Those leaders are feared but not respected.