Earning the ability to influence people in your organization requires that you maintain your integrity. One simple way to demonstrate your trustworthiness and credibility is to keep your promises.
Keeping promises goes beyond the literal promise. According to Barbara Pagano and Elizabeth Pagano, authors of The Transparency Edge: How Credibility Can Make or Break You in Business, the following are also examples of keeping promises:
- Uphold commitments
- Live proclaimed values
- Guard confidentiality
- Honor deadlines
- Keep appointments
- Do what you say you will do
When you keep your promises, you show that you are indeed someone who can be counted on to do what you say you will do. In times of uncertainty, people will value your reliability.
How might you ensure that you keep your promises?
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