[November 9, 2018] The only limit to your impact on any undertaking is your commitment to the dream. Success in life runs along a meandering, twisted path that eludes most people. Only those who have commitment to walking on that path are those who will achieve want they dream.
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes … but no plans.” – Peter Drucker, American management consultant
If you’re not committed to your ambitions, to your family and friends, to your God, or to your health, you will fail. There is no middle ground. Either you have commitment or you don’t. That is what distinguishes those who do great things and those who wonder throughout life blaming everyone else for their failures.
As a leader, how do we show we have commitment? If we don’t show it, those around us will assume we don’t have it and will act to minimize us from important decisions and growth. Here are 5 ways to clearly show you have what it takes:1
- Be a Team Player: The purpose of a team is to achieve a task. That task may be big (our mission is to win the war) or small (increase productivity by 5%). Regardless of its important, acting in concert with team members is how people will see you and see your commitment to the organization.
- Act on Feedback: Are you a serious team member? Then taking action based on constructive feedback is essential. This shows you care enough about the opinion of others to implement their suggestions. When it works, give them credit. When it fails, take the blame upon yourself.
- Don’t Ever Give Up: No matter how dark the situation seems, there is always hope. Hang in there to achieve the tasks assigned until told otherwise. Remember that the reason Great Britain exists today is because PM Winston Churchill never gave up on his people during WWII.
- Anticipate Needs: Those who are faithful to the team are also thinking about the future. There will always be problems so get with the program and try to figure out what the team may need a week from now, a year from now, and for the foreseeable future.
- Develop Yourself and Your Teammates: Take action to improve upon the social, technical, and educational skills of you and your teammates. This means taking care of people. This shows you value their contributions now and in the future.
- This article is based, in part, on a blog post by Katie Dressler Nehl, CUDE published on LinkedIn, June 29, 2016. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-show-your-loyalty-commitment-workplace-katie-dressler/