Responsibility must not be confused with accountability.Responsibility is a term we all are aware of, but are we aware of its real meaning? Most of us confuse responsibility with accountability, which to an extent is correct, but not totally true.
Responsibility is you ability to respond. The better and mature your response to a circumstance, incident or activity, the more responsible your are. If we notice the people who are at higher position in an organisation have more responsibility not just because they have more experience or skill but they also have a better response ability. There may be many people of same skillset or experience but only one person is chosen to handle the position.
When we say responsibility we also feel that we are accountable, but it has to be understood in a deeper manner to understand the real meaning. For example, a person met with an accident on the road in front of me and if I stand there without doing anything will mean my response ability is very poor. I might not respond or react or do something in that situation fearing social stigma, extra effort, fear of police etc., but this is lack of response ability on my end. I am not accountable as someone else has hit the person but I am responsible to at least call for an ambulance, or myself take that person to nearby hospital or offer any help that I can at that moment.
So, if we have a better response ability then we will be truly responsible. Being responsible is not about fixing a blame on to someone but to be able to respond maturely and wisely in any situation.
What do members think of responsibility and accountability?