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Questions for Discussion
What is Responsibility?
"Responsibility" is similar to
"initiative," but responsibility carries with
it the concept of duty to carry out
assigned tasks. These tasks may be
given by an authority or implicit in the
roles one walks in, whether as a child,
teacher, parent, employee, or citizen.
To carry out these duties, it is
important to have an inward commitment
to be responsible and to complete the
tasks assigned from an inward sense of
motivation. Although willing to be
accountable, a responsible person will
not be dependant on the approval of
others to do a task well.
Part of walking in responsibility
involves knowing what steps the task
includes and learning how to fulfill them.
Only the one who completes his
assignments well will be promoted to
greater responsibility and to further
1. Do you know fully the duties you need to
fulfill in each area of responsi- bility you have?
How can you find out?
2. What skills, knowledge, and resources do you
need to improve your ability to fulfill those
3. How would being accountable to someone
help you fulfill your duties?
4. What prevents you from fulfilling your
responsibilities? How can you override or
remove those hindrances?
5. What excuses do you make when you don't
fulfill a responsibility?
6. Do you keep responsibility in balance with
your desire for rights?
7. Do you balance responsibility at work or in
civic affairs with relation-
ships and personal needs for rest and health?
Permission to use granted by
Keep my promises
Not make excuses
Do all my work to the best of my ability
Make things right when I do wrong
Know my duty and do my duty
"Knowing and doing what is expected of