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How taking responsibility and being reliable leads to organizational success

Dependability
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In the workplace, being dependable means individuals are willing to complete their tasks, to take responsibility for their actions and take ownership of outcomes from those actions. They willingly perform their job and show up every day to fulfill the goals of the organisation.

Being dependable is being reliable and fulfilling your obligations. It is important to reduce the time and effort required to complete a task because there is a focus on accomplishing the task at hand. Holding an employee accountable can help them to value their own work, increasing their self-confidence when they succeed.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are very dependable, willing to take responsibility for your actions and ownership of the consequent outcomes of those actions. Clear goals help you plan and help you complete your tasks.

What does a lower score mean?

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You are not highly dependable, do not like too much responsibility and prefer more flexibility in achieving your goals and role responsibilities.

To nurture your dependability:

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Take on roles that have clear goals and performance indicators, with accountability to achieve them. If you are lacking self-confidence or this skill, celebrating every small win and every small step to success can help you build your confidence and deliver results. Make sure you keep your promises and fulfill role responsibilities to meet your deadlines.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you keep your promises?
  • Do you meet deadlines?
  • Are you in a role with clear accountability and role responsibilities?
  • Are the tools you need to complete your tasks at hand?
  • Does your manager help you stay accountable?
  • Do you have flexibility in how you deliver your tasks?
  • Do you celebrate every win, every task completed??


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