Think of our team like rowers on a rowboat. Each one of us is responsible for the whole boat, as well as our individual oar. If each rower is reliable and rows well, then everyone on the boat simply needs to focus on their own rowing. However, if one rower rows inconsistently, it means everyone else has to pick up the slack.
Everyone wants accountable colleagues, no matter the department or position. Accountable colleagues complete their work on time and with quality. They take ownership over their projects, and don’t push responsibility onto others. They make mistakes, but take full responsibility and ensure the mistake never happens again. Since so much of our work is collaborative, by being accountable we are actually reducing the stress levels of all of our colleagues!