Are You Dependable?

Being dependable is always an essential factor of reputation. Being dependable is basically very simple and can be summed up in one sentence:  “Say what you’re going to do and then do it.”

Make a commitment to yourself to do what you say you will do. Commitment means persisting until completion. It means taking your word seriously and committing to what you say.

Become more aware of what you say to yourself and others through the course of the day. Learning to say less is the precursor for honoring your word. It’s much easier to honor your word when you’ve thought carefully about what you are promising! By promising less, it’s more likely you’ll be able to deliver.  Each time you deliver what you say, you become more credible as a leader and your word becomes more meaningful.

If you are responsible to do something, call someone or complete something, then do it.  You’ll be glad when it’s over.  If there is something that stands in your way, move it or arrange to have someone else do it. Don’t let anything or anyone deter you from becoming a person of your word. Become a leader whom others can depend upon. Dependability means you are credible and trustworthy and that people can place confidence in you and what you say.

Following through is the most important element of dependability.  It means making a commitment and finishing things once they are begun. There is a glorious feeling one experiences when a project is completed. Having unfinished projects is both stressful and energy depleting.

Dependability in the workplace leads to consistency. Perhaps it is one of the more undervalued traits of an executive, but it should never be underestimated. That is why dependable needs to be at the epicenter of your being and one of the most notable traits when it comes to how you operate at work, and moreover in life.

Summing-up: Learning to become more dependable as a leader means making your commitments a priority and eliminating the barriers that impede success.

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