Within a group, there is one leader and a number of non-leader workers. There is a list of published and understood tasks. Non-leaders take on tasks and are accountable to complete them, but the leader does not assign the tasks; the leader is responsible for making sure all tasks are assumed and may assign tasks if no one assumes a particular task.

What words can be used in place of the bold assumed? I came up with "assume responsibility"

  • Try using accepted.
    – Davo
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 17:59
  • So are the workers expected to complete the tasks voluntarily? And the leader only assigns if nobody voluntarily completes a task?
    – Hank
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 18:00
  • Maybe adopted.
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 19:27
  • @Hank not to complete the tasks, but to take on the task and be responsible for the completion.
    – jqning
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 16:42

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You may be able to just use taken.

... the leader is responsible for making sure all tasks are taken and may assign tasks if ...


Adj. 2. taken - having possession gained especially by force or effort


If a worker undertakes a task, the worker "assumes responsibility" for it.

Definition of undertake -
1. To deliberately begin to do (something): undertake a task.
2. To pledge or commit oneself (to do something): undertake to care for an elderly relative.

As a label for the assignment, we can say the task is undertaken.


A good word for this may be Delegated

Delegate via Oxford

Entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself: "She must delegate duties so as to free herself for more important tasks", "The power delegated to him must never be misused"

[with object and infinitive] Send or authorize (someone) to do something as a representative: "Edward was delegated to meet new arrivals"

The idea is you delegate work to others, or work has been delegated to you. Bosses ensure that all tasks have been appropriately delegated.

  • But in his context, the tasks aren't delegated unless they're not taken by the group members. He wants the word for how the members take the tasks spontaneously.
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 19:26

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