By SARA YEE
Credibility is a principle that should be harnessed from an early age; teaching a person that holding up specific values – honesty, integrity and timeliness will ensure that one will go far in life.
No matter where you go or what you do, regardless if you are bound to an organisation or are a freelancer, having this quality in your life will get you far because you will be known to have strong principles that you abide by.
By being credible, not only will people respect you, you will be given more freedom in job execution and possibly an even better pay!
Remember when your parents drilled into you to never be late to school? It applies to the working world as well.
Being late gives the impression to people that you are not serious about the job and if you miss it completely, that you do not care about the job at all unless you have a valid reason and physical proof.
You should always strive to give yourself a buffer period in case something unexpected happens.
If you are late, apologise. Most people are accommodating of one or two instances but too many times and they may come under the assumption that you do not take your job seriously.
Have a transparent work ethic
Having a transparent work ethic is important. It shows that you have nothing to hide and people can keep track of what you’re doing.
You should have a calendar or a Google Document that can keep track of what you’re doing so that people know as to how far the assignments they have given you have progressed.
Not only that, make sure you stick to these, and if you think you are going to forget, set a reminder (or more) so that it gets done on time.
Be flexible and adaptable
Having the above qualities ensure that you are able to tackle just about any situation. Do not compromise on your values and still be flexible enough to adapt to the situation.
Learn to try out new things; head out of your comfort zone – that is what flexibility can get you to do and oftentimes it does.
So try all sorts of things; experimentation is key because for some problems the solution may lie out of what is considered normal.
Do. Try. If you don’t, you’ll never know.
Credibility is something that is of utmost importance to every person. It is one of the more important things in work that may help you go far.
With these principles listed above, remember to use good judgment in tandem with the above skills.
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First appeared on Leaderonomics.com. Published in English daily The Star, Malaysia, 11 July 2015