Time Capsule Introduction
Originally published on September 17, 2014, KSI ImPyyy 7 rants about reliability. These are some pieces of advice that leaders today could and should still use.
Impy’s LeaderShop: Reliability
I promise this is not a passive-aggressive shot at anybody, and I promise you the irony is not lost on me that this edition of Impy’s LeaderShop comes after two-straight days without content.
But seriously, leaders must be reliable. In fact, it’s pretty damn hard to rise to a level where others depend on you if you’re not reliable.
Reliability seems like an open and shut case, but there’s so much more that goes in to it.
Yes, always coming through when people need you to does make you reliable, but quietly doing things without notice or praise can be an underlying asset that strengthens the whole.
Getting recognized is wonderful, but the intrinsic value of accomplishing regularity can be just as, if not more, rewarding.
Think about recruiting. Squads aim to get at least five members recruited in every week. Those recruits must get trained by an Officer.
So yeah, that SGT who brings in five recruits by himself will get all the praise, but there’s also an Officer who must teach him and train and orientate his recruits.
There should be a few Officers, but I know as well as you do that every squad has a go-to trainer. After a while, it becomes the gut reaction to go to him or her.
And that’s reliability. You KNOW, you just KNOW, that you’re going to get online with your recruit and that Officer will be there.
That Officer is going places. The reliability and respect he or she has built up will eventually go from a superstar performance to just background.
That doesn’t make what he or she does any less important.
And that’s what being a leader is. It’s being reliable beyond any shadow of a doubt.
But as you grow up or as you move through KSI, you’re bound to notice one major thing. People aren’t always the most reliable.
Everyone will let you down at some point. Everyone will be absent when they should be present. But that reveals their importance.
And when that happens, there has to be another leader step to the forefront to make up for that reliability. People will come and go, but there always has to be someone there y0u can count on.
So when you’re moving up the ranks in KSI or growing up an maturing, if you really want to make a difference, try your best to be reliable.
Follow through on your commitments. Keep those around you in the loop when you might be late or absent. Try to ease the burden of any potential absence by teaching people the right way to go about business.
You might not see your name in spotlights and you might eventually stop receiving the adulation and awards, but what you do doesn’t become any less important.