Eight Ways to Develop Leadership Credibility
There are plenty of different words that support the idea of credibility – trustworthiness, reliability, integrity, authority, reputation – and those are just a few. Credibility in leadership is the idea that leaders are trusted and seen as high performing by colleagues, stakeholders, clients, and even the general public, and it arguably is the single most important aspect of successful leadership.
There are many ways to establish credibility as a leader. Here at Leadership Excelleration, we offer over 50 difference programs to leaders, executives, and organizations, but if we had to boil down everything we do into just a few words, it would be that we create credible leaders.
Here are eight ways to develop better credibility as a leader.
C: Cultivate your own wellbeing
It’s important to take care of yourself before you can take care of others – and that includes your staff and business. Pay attention to all aspects of your personal wellbeing – physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual. Personal integrity is important, and try to keep the promises that you make to yourself. Don’t lose sight of the areas in your life that need attention and create a plan to address them. Finally, always seek to grow and develop on the journey to be your best self. (Resource: Download our paper, “How Leaders Can Support Wellness and Resiliency at Work.”)
R: Raise self-awareness to build trusting relationships
One of the best ways to connect with others is to listen deeply and try to understand perspectives that may differ from your own. Don’t be shy about reaching out to form collaborative relationships based on mutual interests, goals, and priorities. And, be a good person by modeling positivity, honoring confidences, and demonstrating inclusive behavior.
E: Engage with integrity and candor
Integrity and candor are important traits for leaders. Always employ high ethical standards, but don’t lose sight of the fact that mistakes and misunderstandings occur. Address and resolve conflict directly and fairly, with an open mind. Speak your truth with compassion, empathy, and kindness.
D: Develop the culture
It’s important to understand an organization’s culture, both from what you observe, as well as other people’s perspectives. Understand the political dynamics and decision making as well as individual motivations to adapt and lead culture change. Invest time and resources to build advocacy with key stakeholders, offering support and resources to achieve goals.
I: Influence to achieve results
One of the most effective ways to drive results is to encourage creativity, innovation, and openness to change. Invest in talent at all levels, through coaching and empowering others to take ownership for individual and team outcomes. Create a collaborative, integrated team culture that puts the customer first.
B: Build collaborative teams that get results
Collaborative teams are built on a foundation of trust. Insist on team and individual accountability by having disciplined performance standards and measures. Provide clarity and focus on the most important strategies, goals, and priorities to achieve results. Set the bar high to encourage the best from each team member, and celebrate successes to create a sense of community.
L: Lead with vision, purpose, and passion
It is beneficial to create a vision that aligns with your business strategy, so the team has a clear path to follow. Encourage the team individually and collectively by sharing how their work achieves the mission. Lead with a contagious passion that engages the hearts and minds of my team about what is possible.
E: Elevate others by seeking to serve
The best leaders create other successful leaders. How do they do that? By seeking to understand each individual’s experience and perspective and using that to help those individuals flourish and grow. It’s important to lead with compassion and model optimism and hope to inspire both the team and the individuals who are part of the team to overcome obstacles and achieve results. Leaders should strive to create the appropriate balance of consistency, stability, and flexibility so individuals and teams thrive.
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