Maintain high standards of behaviour and be a team player to excel in your career

The previous article discussed the first five of 10 predictors of success on the job. They are:

1.     The ability to read people;

2.     Flexibility;

3.     Honesty mixed with discretion;

4.     Attention to detail; and

5.     The ability to think strategically.

Today’s article looks at the remaining five attributes and skills that you need to develop if you want your career to take off:



Sometimes, people live in the illusion that they are dependable when in fact they are not.

Dependable is not just showing up for work sometime in the morning; it is getting there on time most of the time.

Dependable is not doing what you said you would do sometime during the month; it is doing it now or as soon as you can within a couple of days.

Dependable is not telling your boss you will take charge of a project and then farming much of the responsibility out to peers without his knowledge.

Dependability has a lot to do with your character.

If you are dependable, you are holding yourself to a high standard.

Do what you agree to do. Do it when you say you will do it. Do it the way you described you would do it. Nothing less. No lame excuses.


Inspiring to others

To what extent do you motivate staff, colleagues and/or your supervisor to be the best they can be?

To contribute great ideas? To keep on plugging away when things look bleak? To do that little something extra? To give others the benefit of the doubt? To resist criticising someone when he does not know all the facts?

Do you set a positive example to the people in your work world? Do they want to be more like you?

One of the ways you can make your own life better is by inspiring others to do their jobs effectively, efficiently and pleasantly.

By inspiring others you not only give something to them but also to yourself.


Team player mindset

Many people like to work in isolation because it is much easier and simpler than working with teams.

In a team, people have to cooperate, watch out for one another, do synthesis, consider the other person’s feelings, facilitate projects, manage process and expand their horizons.

Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Well, it is often quite complex.

But in the long run, it is usually worth the effort. The quality of the work is richer and the end result is better than when folks produce something alone.

A wonderful by-product of teamwork is personal growth for each member. It is true that human beings develop faster and more deeply when they have to work with one another to reach a certain endpoint.


Trust building

Live each day like this: Be your best self and do your best work at all times.

While no one is perfect, you can certainly hold yourself to this standard.

People notice this behaviour in another person. Why not commit to being that kind of person?

Tell yourself that, starting today, you will do whatever it takes for your boss and peers to put their trust in you.

Trust is as valuable as gold.

Think about it. If people do not trust you to be reasonable, thoughtful, dependable, punctual, good to your word and able to deliver, why would they want to promote you, keep you or reward you?

Spend time investing in building trust. It is like putting money in the bank.


10 Centred and well-grounded

Ask yourself if you are a well-grounded individual or someone who is unstable.

What triggers your instability? Do you need professional help to get this under control so that you can function adequately in the workplace?

Do you have an anger problem that unnerves others? Do you need serious help to manage that anger, or is your anger simply habitual, a strategy you have always used to get your own way?

Do little things set you off? To what degree do you govern yourself appropriately?

Do you have a substance abuse issue? What are you doing about it?

You are not centred if you drink too much alcohol, lash out with rage or demonstrate many inconsistencies in words and/or behaviour.

Take stock of yourself.

How grounded are you? Know that you will pay a big price on the job if you lack this stability.


Article by Sylvia Hepler, owner and president of Launching Lives. She is an executive and career coach/advisor based in South Central Pennsylvania in the United States. Article source: