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Ken Buist
Ken Buist

Article 1 of 12 in the
Trustworthiness series

Introduction

Trust and temperament

Definition of trust

Characteristics

Trustworthiness Quotient

Dependability

Integrity

Credibility

Empathy

Self-interest

Inconsistency

Summary

Trustworthiness Elements

Dependability

In order to be considered trustworthy, you must be able to demonstrate that others can depend on you and can rely on you to do what you said you would do.

It is important that this occurs not only in the 'big' things, but in even the 'little' things as this is an indicator for all things.

This must also be achieved without supervision and the need for someone continually checking on methodology and progress.

It is being faithful and keeping promises even when it is costly or inconvenient to do so.

It is being utterly reliable, not dependent on whether your feelings have changed, or whether circumstances have changed.

The more often you are able to demonstrate that you can be relied upon, the more the dependability factor will be increased.

This is one of the factors important in helping trust grow.

Next article: Integrity

©2006 Ken Buist


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