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    Difference between Role & Responsibility?

    What is difference between Role & Responsibility?
  • #26419
    Role is the position and responsibility is the function assigned with the Role.


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  • #26431
    The term role is very generic, for example if you say i have been offered the role of Software Engineer, it means that you have to write code in any of the programming language. Role does not talk about much in detail.
    Whereas when you say responsibilities, as a software engineer your role has the reponsibilities such as coding, debugging the code, deploying, Unit testing, preparing Design document and many more which you have to follow.

    Hope you got the difference.

  • #26437
    In simple words, responsibilities are the items or action which you have to perform and you are responsible for those actions. Whereas role is the part of the your actions to full fill those responsibilities means how you are going to complete your assigned responsibility.
    Basically Role means the part you are going to perform for your work and Responsibility is how accountable are you for the results produce by your role.

    Amit Siwach

  • #26440

    Role in simple words that what you do there ? for example:- The Teacher in school. Teacher role in school is to teach the students.The role of the teacher to teach.

    Responsibility in simple words that To what you do ? for example:- the teacher teaches eenglish, hindi, mathematics etc. means the subject which you teach is the responsibility.

    In this way we can differentiate Role and Responsibilty.

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    Prashant Sultania

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  • #26448
    A role defines one's relationship with others in the larger scheme of things.
    A responsibility is something that one must or is expected to do.
    Real-world example:
    Role: Parent
    - Provide for basic needs of dependents
    - Give guidance to dependents
    - Be a role model
    Role: Child
    - Listen to and obey parent(s)
    - Follow parent's example
    - Help around the house

  • #26452

    I think you have asked a good question. According to me, role is some duty you have to perform when you get some task or position and Responsibility is the accountability of a person who is awarded that particular role to complete.
    The difference in both the terms can be studied in detail when we join any organisation with some designation and we are asked to perform particular job for which we are taken as responsible.
    I think this is enough to make it clear, Isn't it?

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  • #26502

    See there are some basic differences between role and responsibility.

    Role - Role is something which is done by someone without any need, or with the need but it was not necessary for him, and not really conditional. He just did it on his own, and maybe there is no condition, that he had to do it. For example - during elections, if you find several people at a poll booth, coming from distant places, and that they are hungry and thirsty, you can provide them with food and/or with water. It will be good if you can do it and it won't be bad if you do not do it.

    Responsibility - Responsibility is different than role. It is a necessity, a duty which you should do and that maybe, there are special conditions on your work. It would be good if you do it and it would be bad if you do not do it. For example, let us say that you are a person conducting the polling at the poll booth. You are not able to operate the EVM properly and that it was your responsibility to operate it nicely and conduct the poll successfully.

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  • #26759
    Role is what you do
    responsiblity is what you are accoutable for.

  • #144903
    A very good question role and responsibility have some subtle differences as listed below:-
    Role-When you join a job you have a set of roles which you have to perform as an individual. You always play some function at different situation which is called a role
    Responsibility –This is referred to a task for which you might be blamed for because you have a control of it.

  • #145006
    You asked the difference between a role and responsibility.
    A Role in my opinion is simply an act which we play without considering its outcomes and impacts, for example we watch movies and watch the roles of hero, heroines etc. They just play their role and act what impact they create on others , they don't bother.
    But Responsibility is a very big thing . I can say that resonsibility is the act done with due care and calculations. And the very common example we found in our homes only, that is of our mother, how responsibily she handles the home one cannot deny the fact.

    At the last all i can say role's performed with responsibility creates a magic.

  • #146813
    In a easy you can understand the role is person's position like a teacher, brother, sister, parents, child. Role is simply what they are playing or acting.

    But the responsibilities are the role's doing action which means if teacher is a role she has a responsibility to teach well for student and make them to get good marks. Students responsibilities is to clarify their doubts and get good marks. Child responsibilities are take good name and make the parents so proud by their good characters. Politician have the responsibilities to make society wellness.

    Finally and simply, role is a position and responsibility is their doing action.

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