Responsibility versus Accountability Allen Lim, HR Consultant, Hong Kong, Member Lately I have been thinking about the difference of responsibility and accountability... Would like to listen to view points and thoughts... Here's mine: Responsibility - I refer responsibility as usually related to task enthrusted to someone who are in a position to perform, execute and respond with the ability expected. I am not sure it come from the root word of both "respond" and "ability" but if it does, it seems to define "responsibility" as expectation of the ability to respond. Accountability - I am not sure about this and have been thinking about it for a long while... I refer accountability as usually related to above and beyond responsibility of task usually for someone or a person we are responsible for, hence the accountability of someone else.
With the above not so good explanation here's an example:
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