Dependability In Business
Fulfilling commitments even in the face of difficulty
To practice Dependability I will:
- keep my word
- be careful what I promise
- correct my mistakes
- do my fair share
- be aware of my limits
“The Dependable Leader”
– Jill Tomey
Would you follow a leader who consistently failed to follow through on promises? Not many would. Dependability in a leader is a foundational quality for success. A leader is a servant to the goal of the group and must lead and serve with Dependability.
Dependable leaders do not play the blame game. If they have failed in some way, they take responsibility for it. They do not blame others or circumstances. Secondly, they will learn from the issues to prevent it happening again. Not only is this good for a leader but the modelling of this behavior sets a standard for the group to copy.
Dependable leaders will do everything they can to fulfill a commitment. The difficult tasks are just as important as the easy ones when it comes to being dependable. A commitment means you will work for it even when it is more difficult than you expected or the circumstances change.
Dependable leaders know that little promises are just as important as the big ones. Showing up on time and sending that document that you promised helps to build your credibility. Dependability is important even if there is no glory attached to following through.
Dependable leaders recognize the contributions of the team to the success of the group. They do not hog the praise or take credit for the work of others. Letting others know that their Dependability is recognized and appreciated helps to set the stage for more of that behavior.
The month, make Dependability a trademark of your leadership style.