Ever had a child tuck their hand into yours knowing that they could depend on you to take care of them—no matter what? In the workplace, that caring takes the form of showing up on time, meeting deadlines, and being there for your colleagues through thick and thin.  

Being dependable yields winning results and relationships. It makes you an asset to your family, and to your firm. 

Strengthen this Thrive Skill and earn the trust and respect of your peers, supervisors and clients. Become the person that they all count on, the one they call first—in good times and bad. The greatest ability is dependability, they say.

Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.

First, let’s try to answer “what is dependability?”. Dependability is the quality of being reliable and trustworthy. It’s an irreplaceable quality for professionals as teams are built on trust. To gain the trust of peers, seniors and clients, a professional must be dependable. Being Dependable is a must-have Thrive Skill to build lasting professional relationships.

Professionals must strive to learn how to be dependable. In any work environment, qualities of trust, reliability and dependability are of utmost significance. Some ways to be dependable are being on time, following up on requests, being consistent, walking the talk and paying attention to others’ needs. 

A professional’s career progress depends on the trust they’ve built with others over time. If managers trust an employee to perform, deliver on their promises and take responsibility for their mistakes, they’ll likely offer them better opportunities. A professional who’s dependable is likely to get noticed by others, opening doors to better opportunities and career advancement.

Harappa programs that focus on Being Dependable as a Thrive Skill are the Women’s Leadership Program, Young Talent Bootcamp, Impactful Sales Program, Powerful Presence Program and First Time Manager Program.

Some examples of Being Dependable are showing up on time, meeting deadlines, being accountable for errors, being objective without taking sides in a conflict or even staying true to one’s word. In leaders, an example of dependability is to hold not just themselves but their team members accountable for their actions.

Other Thrive Skills under COLLABORATE are Win-Win Negotiation, Navigating Conflict, Skillful Teamwork, Instinctive Adaptability and Global Perspective.

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