Responsibility is a funny attribute. Many people connive and scheme to gain it, whilst others run a mile to avoid it.
In work, as in other areas of life, what we do with the responsibility we have impacts on our eventual performance. And we cannot escape this personal nature of responsibility, regardless of whether we like it or not.
Accepting responsibility exists is perhaps the first step towards managing it. Once we recognize we are responsible for our attitude and actions we can set about channelling them towards desired objectives.
Responsibility is also very much about taking ownership of results deriving from our input. Of course it is easy to accept this idea when things have gone well. Basking in the glory, accepting the praise for a job well done causes little pain.
The problems start if things haven’t gone so well. However, owning our errors and offering to make amends for them are two signs we are taking responsibility. And as we move through such moments we are ideally also learning for the future.
Looking at the question of responsibility from a more general perspective, we can appreciate how many national issues escalate due to a lack of responsibility on the part of those charged with managing certain things. The scarce maintenance of river banks and beds leads to flooding; poorly inspected school buildings result in collapsing classroom ceilings, and so on, for example.
Nobody ever assumes responsibility in such cases. Cost-cutting is blamed for missed actions and quickly such incidents are forgotten, apart from by those affected directly by the disasters concerned.
Thanks for reading this ‘Responsibility‘ post today.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).