Personal Awareness

Characteristics of a Successful Team

Dependability

As discussed, psychological safety is a key element to the foundation of your team. One building block towards establishing safety is dependability. This means being predictable and valuable in your contributions to the team. Only agree to work you can do, and ask for help when you run into challenges. When you agree to a deadline, meet it. On some teams, dependability is assumed and the members disappointed when you demonstrate a lack of dependability. On other teams, dependability has to be earned. In either case, the best strategy is to establish some early, small, opportunities for everyone to demonstrate dependability. That way, trust and respect can be built up within the team.