Effective leaders use the same standards for themselves that they apply to others. They hold themselves accountable just like everyone else. Maintaining such accountability involves seeking honesty 24/7. Skilled leaders usually receive feedback from those who work above them, beside them and for them. A failure to provide a structure for such accountability will lead to a crisis of character and leadership. (Read 2 Samuel 11:1-5;27) The tragedy of King David underscores what can happen when leaders fail to create a structure in which they are answerable for how they spend their private and professional time. Ultimately, God will hold every leader accountable as he did with David.