Our online employee survey, The Engagement Dashboard (TED) has collected data from hundreds of companies and thousands of employees to reveal what it takes to unlock a healthy organizational culture, with productivity, engaged employees, and the hidden talents and capabilities of its people.
TED reveals a host of dimensions that go into making a great organization, but one stands out as the only dimension in the entire survey that requires only one sentence to sum it up – Dependability.
Here’s the sentence:
Management can be counted upon to come through when needed.
It is nearly impossible to overstate the importance of this metric.
People will put up with almost any “what” if they get the “why” – the knowledge that we are engaged in something great and life-altering and useful and good and we can count on our leaders.
The single question – ‘Can I count on my leaders?’ – was the only other question to correlate to every other question in TED. Dependability is nearly everything.
Dependability is all about the leader. The leader must provide the support needed and then get out of the way. The leader matter less than the cause.
Can you as a leader be counted upon to come through for people no matter what? Will you get your hands dirty, will you walk out the talk of your shared values, will you incarnate the organizational code, will you risk losing yourself to disrupt the status quo?
Can YOU be depended upon to come through when needed? And, if you are just beginning your career of leadership, are you putting into place the conditions and habits which will develop the kind of character where you will be depended upon at the end of the day?
Are you dependable? And is your organization?
To find out more about TED, click here.