We all want others to think of as dependable. Being dependable means something different situation by situation and person by person. And it is not enough to just show up. Board members, staff members, vendors, partners, peers and members routinely assess whether you are dependable.
Can they count on you to:
- Show up physically?
- Show up mentally?
- Show up with your heart?
- Say an unpopular but necessary thing?
- Not naysay what has been agreed upon?
- Get the day-to-day administrative details right?
- Treat the team with high respect?
- Consider their ideas respectfully?
- Not throw them under the bus?
- Give solutions, not problems?
- Champion the right vision?
- Not leave me in the lurch?
- Help me fix my problem?
- Help me look good?
- Keep my secrets?
- Tell the truth?
- Look ahead?
Even in our business environment, we are often let down, and that is because we see others not being dependable.
If you want to surround yourself with an inner circle of more reliable people, these are some quick outward characteristics of dependable professionals. They:
- Arrive early
- Call on time
- Come prepared
- Contribute meaningfully
- End the meeting on or before time
- Take the initiative to do their homework
- Listen with every ounce of their attention
- Do what they say they are going to do when they said they would do it
As we get busier being dependable will become harder and therefore being dependable will also become more prized.