I’ve long said that the level of trust that I have in my team helps make my life much easier. Among other things, I know that if I send an email to one of them to get something taken care of, I don’t need to remind myself to follow-up — it gets done.
However, a section in by Brené Brown’s book “Dare to Lead” has helped me refine my thoughts a bit further. In the book, they discuss seven separate behaviors that encourage trust, which just happen to form the acronym BRAVING:
From that list, “reliability” is clearly the one that affected my thoughts from that older post. While our team exhibits those other traits to a wonderful degree, reliability is the part I was referring to that makes my day-to-day life run more smoothly.
Greg McKeown summed it up perfectly in his book “Effortless“, when he said:
“When there’s trust, we don’t have to spend time and effort managing people or relationships. We can assign tasks with the confidence that they’ll be completed.”
It’s an amazing thing to have, and I’m thankful to have a team with reliability that I can depend on.