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“…to be responsible is to be answerable to be accountable.”

Three characteristics define the virtue of responsibility – leadership, maturity, and trust. Responsibility is a virtue that everyone should practice in their day-to-day life. Others will have more trust in you and depend on you more if you act responsibly. And having people you can count on who believe in you is helpful in succeeding in life.

Being a responsible person requires leadership – and once others recognize your ability to lead, they will depend on you to make the right decision. Leadership does not happen overnight, but through a series of actions and decisions where you prove to others you can act responsibly, even if the decision you make is not always popular.

Acting responsibly takes a great amount of maturity. If you do not take something seriously, others may not respect your decision or your leadership. They will not depend on you and you will have acted irresponsibly. By taking care of your business, others will trust you. When I play basketball for DeLaSalle, I have to take my game seriously and be a mature leader for younger players or others on my team.

It is hard to be a responsible person if people do not trust you. That is why trust is an important characteristic. Believing that someone will make the right decision involves a level of trust – players on a basketball team have to trust in each other just as much as they have to trust that their coaches are looking out for their best interests.

In conclusion responsibility is something every person should aspire toward. Responsibility shows you have leadership, maturity, and can be trusted. You will gain more followers because people realize you are a leader and can make the right decision. Others will see you are responsible if you take a decision seriously. And gaining a level of trust is important because it shows that people can depend on you to act responsibly.


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