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Old 5th April 2006, 01:32 PM
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Question What is the difference between Responsibility and Authority

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Old 5th April 2006, 01:36 PM
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Responsibility means that someone (or a group) is charged with seeing that something gets done.

Authority means that someone has access and/or control over certain resources.

It is generally a good idea to avoid situations where one has the responsibility for a task, but no authority to use the resources needed to accomplish that task.
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Old 5th April 2006, 01:42 PM
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To be responible for something, one arguably must have the authority to control it.

In quality, safety and environmental systems, various persons are responsible for outcomes; these same people should also be granted authority, at times quite specifically, to impact quaity by, for example, stopping a process when errors are detected.

Do you see? Responsibility is "You must do xyz" while authority is "You can/may do xyz."
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Old 5th April 2006, 01:56 PM
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To add to Jennifer's definition:

Give me responsibility for doing something means that you are going to chew me if it goes wrong.

Give me responsibility and authority to do something and you have made it clear that I have your support to do what needs to be done, even if an unpopular decision needs to be made. You will still chew me if it goes wrong, but now you've given me the resources that I need to accomplish the task AND ensuring that nothing goes wrong. It also means that if it goes right, I have the possibility of getting some of the credit, not just all of the blame.
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Old 5th April 2006, 02:04 PM
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In Reply to Parent Post by SteelMaiden

To add to Jennifer's definition:

Give me responsibility for doing something means that you are going to chew me if it goes wrong.

Give me responsibility and authority to do something and you have made it clear that I have your support to do what needs to be done, even if an unpopular decision needs to be made. You will still chew me if it goes wrong, but now you've given me the resources that I need to accomplish the task AND ensuring that nothing goes wrong. It also means that if it goes right, I have the possibility of getting some of the credit, not just all of the blame.
Nicely said!
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Old 6th April 2006, 08:49 AM
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Old 6th April 2006, 08:58 AM
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Simple but confusing
RESPONSIBILITY - one is responsible to see that an action/task is carried out
AUTHORITY - one has full control of resources to see that an action/ task can get carried out.

The big problem is that most are given responsibility but not given the authority!!
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Old 6th April 2006, 09:32 AM
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Closer.

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