Can we hold ourselves accountable?
Ideally people would want to be trusted to do their job their way. This works out when people are committed to the same level of quality and share the same expectations as the rest of the team. Unfortunately, when we are left to evaluate ourselves, we don’t always see the opportunities to improve. We need another perspective to hold us accountable. It is easy to dismiss that perspective when it doesn’t line up with ours if there is no authority behind it. Sometimes the person we are accountable to is a boss or leader and sometimes it’s simply a partner. The point is that we need to be held accountable by someone because we often unwittingly lower our standards as we become more familiar with our work.