Accountability is necessary for organizations to work, accountability comes from responsibility, and managers have many responsibilities, some of them quite substantial.
A Quick Definition
Responsibility is defined as an obligation to do something; there can be no trust of any kind without it. Also, responsibility has no meaning except as applied to a person. In the case of the manager, they must do the organizational tasks, functions or activities that correspond to their position in the company. Authority and responsibility go side by side, after all the person in a position of authority must respond to that authority.
The Main Management Responsibilities
The exact responsibilities of a Manager depend on the type of businesses the manager is working. That said, there are a set of standard duties that can be found in most companies.
Plans and strategies
Planning and organizing one of the most fundamental functions of management. In other words, the managers need a plan to execute so the company can work. This kind of planning usually involves things like developing business goals, designing different strategies, and organizing business resources to advance the goals of the company. Managers must make sure they have the appropriate and accurate data about the workings of the company, and the external factors that affect the business, to create effective strategies.
Managers are responsible for the choices that affect the organization. The success of the company to adapt to the changes that happen both inside and outside of it depend on those decisions. Some examples include where to allocate resources, which clients to contact, promotion of employees and much more.
The flow of information
Management has the responsibility of informing the rest of the company of any relevant piece of information. They also need to make sure they have access to that same information. However, that responsibility can extend beyond the company. Perhaps they can become the spokesperson for their business, making sure that relevant information is shared with outsiders like the media or shareholders.
A manager has the responsibility to communicate successfully with their employees, customers, or anyone else. A manager is usually seen as a symbol of leadership within the company, helping guide employees and influencing their relationships, both between themselves and the manager. A manager must know how to establish productive relationships with his employees, and within work teams, to ensure productivity and avoid unnecessary conflicts.