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Thursday, May 23, 2013

LEAD BY EXAMPLE Part 3: Be Reliable

In Part 2 of this "Lead by Example" series, I discussed the importance of being supportive to both superiors and reports. Here I cover how critical it is to be someone they find reliable.

When people can count on you to do what you say, you become an asset to them, the organization, and yourself. When you are reliable, your superiors will give you more responsibility, even managers who have a hard time delegating to others. Micro-managers become micro-managers because they lack confidence in other people (whether justified or not). 

You add to this positive reputation by going the extra mile, even when it’s outside your job description. Doing something that needs to be done instead of blaming others or delegating shows you see and work toward the bigger picture, which is characteristic of all effective leaders. 

Links to all the other posts in this "Lead By Example" series:

•   Introduction
•   Be Honest
•   Be supportive 
•   Always seek to understand the big picture
•   Ask good questions
•   Be aware of your own assumptions
•   Practice integrity

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This post was excerpted from “Lead by Example,” by Chris Musselwhite, originally published in American Executive June 2009

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