What it means to be Competent and Dependable (The Big Idea – 2nd Series) By John C. Maxwell

If you can’t, your team won’t
Competent does not mean simply having adequate skills to perform a job. It means the individual must be highly qualified to do the job well.
Competent people:
• Are committed to excellence
• Never settle for mediocre. They always do their best.
• Pay attention to detail.
• Perform with consistency.
How do we improve our level of competence?
• Focus yourself professionally. Select an area of specialization, it should be something you are naturally good at, and it should be something you enjoy.
• Sweat the small stuff. Push yourself as hard as you can.
• Give more attention to implementation. Putting ideas on paper is one thing, implementing them on schedule is quite another.
Teams go to Go-To players
Christopher Reeve had everything a man could want in 1995. He was a superior athlete, horseman, sailor, pilot, skier, and scuba diver. He had a good marriage and three wonderful children. He had a home in beautiful Westchester County, New York. He was good-looking, and an accomplished actor with a long resume of feature films and plays under his belt, including the blockbuster “Superman”.
On May 27, 1995, Christopher Reeve was thrown from his horse during a competition, and as a result became paralyzed from the neck down. The accident only made his marriage stronger. He understands the need for dependable people on his team: his wife, son, and an army of medical professionals tend to his needs every day. It is this dependable quality that is required of any team player. Teammates need to know they can count on each other when times are tough.
The essence of dependability:
• Pure motives. If there are no hidden agendas the team will make progress.
• The ability to take on responsibility. The team player must want the ball and be able to sink it in the basket and score.
• Sound thinking and good judgment, when it counts.
• Consistent contribution, no matter how tired, overwhelmed or distracted, you must be able to deliver.
How do we improve our dependability?
Check your motives.
Commit goals to paper. Do your goals benefit the teams you are part of? How do your motives affect your family, fellow volunteers, and colleagues? Align personal priorities with those of your team.
Discover what your word is worth.
Ask five teammates “When I say I intend to do something, how reliable am I? Rate me on a scale of 1 to 10.” If you rate lower than a 9, start writing down your commitments and track your follow-through.
Find someone to hold you accountable.
Having a partner you respect can help you stick to your word.
– The 17 Essential Qualities of A Team Player Becoming The Kind of Person Every Team Wants