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What is the difference between responsibility and accountability?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 29 December 2017



What is the difference between responsibility and accountability?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 210
Posted DateFriday 29 December 2017 12:32 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

In writing my blook on Conversational Leadership, I often find myself researching and defining the meaning of words or concepts and their nuances.

For example, we use the words responsibility and accountability loosely in everyday language, but what is the difference?

This is my best attempt so far in answering that question. But in summary:

We can only choose to take responsibility for something. No one else can assign responsibility to us.

We take responsibility but are held accountable.

Any feedback you may have is most welcome.

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