Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right Podcast, Episode 73: 5 Core Values to Build Leadership Credibility!
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Whether you are a new or experienced leader, leadership credibility is essential. You may be asking, “What is leadership credibility?” It is the ability of a leader to gain the trust and confidence of others. Some people say that when you have leadership credibility, others believe in you and your ability to get things done. When you gain this credibility, those you lead will follow you to the ends of the earth. They will trust you, your decisions and your ability to lead them.
As important as it is though, it is not easy to gain. Leaders constantly face the challenge of gaining leadership credibility from their followers. Additionally, their followers try to test them because they want to know if their leaders are really qualified to be the leader. They also want to be sure that the leader knows what they are talking about.
5 Core Values to Build Leadership Credibility
So how can we gain this high level of leadership credibility? Leadership credibility is not something that can be gained over night. It is developed by consistent ethical and moral behavior, but let’s turn that into something practical.
Here’s four core values leaders can develop to build leadership credibility with their followers.
What does that mean? Leaders must be honest with their followers. If you tell lies, you will immediately lose the trust of those you are trying to lead. They will discredit what you say in the future and won’t believe you. They will also have a very hard time following you.
To build leadership credibility, leaders must show their integrity by doing what they say they are going to do. This means being upfront, transparent and consistent. The minute a leader begins to treat people unfairly, he/she loses trust of the followers. They see the inconsistency of the leader and question how the leader will respond to them.
Leaders also gain leadership credibility through their competence. New leaders must know what they are doing. To be competent doesn’t mean the leader has to know everything or have all the answers, but they do need to have a basic overall understanding of the big picture.
Above all, the leaders must know how to lead and manage their followers. The leader must have some experience and expertise, but they don’t have to be the expert in everything. Part of the competence of the leaders comes from their ability to know how to leverage the strengths of all their followers for the greatest overall good for everyone involved.
Leadership credibility can also be gained by your ability to inspire your followers to do their best. When you can inspire everyone to get onboard with the organizational goals, you will be able to motivate people to do their best.
You can also inspire people by providing a vision of the future for them. Help them to see the success that they can have in their future it they take the appropriate steps.
Leaders must have drive. They must be driven to work very hard because the leader sets the example for the followers. When the leader is driven to work hard, it helps the followers know what is expected of them. A driven leader creates trust with the followers because they know the leader does not expect them to do anything he/she is not also willing to do.
Be humble. As a leader, there is a tendency to want to come in and tell everyone what to do, how to do it and be the strong boss. You can have confidence in your position, but don’t let it go to your head. When things go wrong, admit and own up to your mistakes. And, when things go right, give credit where credit is due. I am sure you have heard of people that take always blame others for the problems and take all the credit for the good. It’s not fun working for those people, so do your best to not be that person. Be humble enough to listen to others and give recognition.
Just to recap, leaders gain credibility by having integrity, competence, inspiration, drive, and humility.
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