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Tip #39: Follow Through on Promises and Commitments

Have you established credibility?

Do you “do what you say you will do?”

Credibility is the foundation of exemplary leadership. Saying “yes” to every request, whether out of desire to exceed expectations or to not disappoint, makes it very difficult to keep every commitment. The best leaders know when to say “yes” and when to say “no.”

Take a moment and look at your “to do” list.

• How many tasks are overdue?

• How many tasks are priorities?

• Are these tasks a good use of your time?

If you answered “yes,” schedule time to get them done; if you answered “no,” it might be a good idea to reexamine how these items ended up on your “to do” list.

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