It is amazing how people fear responsibility. At times, even the responsibility to take charge of their own destiny. You get amazed when you see people evading responsibility in the work-place, yet the working is about taking responsibility.
The work-place is meant to be the one place where you excel by creatively and energetically driving whatever responsibility has been assigned to you. It is the place where you ought to seek to make your contribution and build your career, even as you contribute to the overall institutional and public good.
Does this sound lofty? No. You have probably started giving a hundred and one reasons why this is not possible. You could be saying things like, “My boss is a hindrance.” You could be blaming ‘my subordinates,’ ‘the work environment and organization culture,’ or giving a myriad of other excuses.