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Also: Accountability, Duty

Responsibility means ownership: owning what needs doing and accepting blame when we cause problems. Responsibility also means committing ourselves – to lead, to create, to solve problems—and then following through. It involves taking risks and working hard. Being responsible can be daunting but also rewarding.

Rights and responsibilities are two sides of the same coin; when we have power or resources, we have responsibility to use them well. When new resources or technologies present us with new options, they present us with new responsibilities.

It is important to be aware of where our responsibilities end and where the responsibilities of other begin. We must let others be responsible for their own challenges if they are to grow.