A frequent saying from someone with Responsibility is, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”

People with responsibility are especially talented at taking psychological ownership for what they say they will do.

Managers were asked what their two favorite StrengthsFinder talent themes are in their associates – responsibility and harmony were considered the two favorites.  And it makes sense.   People with responsibility are going to do what they say.  People with harmony are going to get along with people.

Responsibility is ranked number 2 out of all 34 strengths and interestingly out of the top 5 talent themes between men and women, we have the same 4 out of 5 and responsibility is one of those 4.  They are committed to the values such as honesty and loyalty.  There is this sense to mankind to help and they thrive on this ownership and responsibility to help others.

People with responsibility are the owner.  They’re loyal, they’re servants, responders, great volunteers, diligent, loyal, dutiful, dependable, committed, and sacrificial.

When you look at the balcony of responsibility these are folks that are so trusted, great at follow through, conscientious, accountable, and committed.  They are key members of teams.  People with responsibility can be trusted and thrive on independence.  You don’t have to micromanage them.  In fact they hate being micromanaged.

So they’re not just the renter, they are the owner.  They’re the person that can be trusted, they keep their promises and follow through on their commitments.  They are dependable and loyal, but they need freedom to take ownership.  They value gaining the respect of others.

They feel energized when they are respected. When others look up to them, there is something in their bucket of positive energy gets filled up.

Power – Joy – Beauty – Hope

The Power is in the following through on what you say you will do and maintaining a principled lifestyle.

The Joy comes in following through on the wise choice in spite of difficulties.
The Beauty is knowing you are thought of as completely dependable, reliable, and live up to your reputation.
The Hope is that you will stay true to your word and what you’ve committed to do.

The basement of Responsibility

When people are speeding with responsibility they tend to overcommit. They may struggle saying no and taking on more than they can chew.

They hate disappointing others and being disappointed by others.  Many times we call this a “blame or guilt theme” because people with responsibility blame themselves when they mess up, or make a mistake. Guilt may appear if they don’t follow through or if they deliver something that is less than perfect.  They may even become judgmental, blaming others if others do not follow through with their responsibility.

A person with responsibility believes if you can’t do it right don’t do it at all.  In contrast, Activator might say doing something is always better than not doing anything.
Responsibility might feel intense guilt when they fail to do something right.  Significance would feel intense regret when they miss an opportunity to succeed.

When you think of responsibility from a Biblical point of view Matthew 25:21 says, “His Master replied well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things.  I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your Master’s happiness.”  There is a sense of ownership to be proactive.  They feel rewarded when they are given more responsibility.

Action Items for Responsibility

Learn how to mature your responsibility by letting your yes be yes and your no be no.

Align yourself with other people who also share your sense of responsibility.  You will thrive when you surround yourself with responsible people.

Take time to celebrate your commitments and accomplishments.

Turn responsibility toward yourself, your own health, and your own wellbeing. Do not only take care of others but take care of yourself.

You have to fill your positive energy bucket in order to fill the buckets of others.

Responsibility can be summed up by the quote of William H. Johnsen. “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”


About the author: Brent O’Bannon coaches individuals, teams, and organizations as the first GALLUP Certified Strengths Coach in the world.  He is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author and you can learn more at brentobannon.com.


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