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Why Should Anyone Trust You to Lead?

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Credibility Killer: Micromanaging. Credibility Killer: Micromanaging.

This destructive, suffocating tactic showcases your insecurities and announces for all the world to see that you don’t trust people.

Credibility Killer: Saying one thing and doing another. Credibility Killer: Saying one thing and doing another.

When the “do” of the leader doesn’t match the “tell,” credibility is thrown out the window.

Credibility Killer: Leading with double standards. Credibility Killer: Leading with double standards.

There is no ambiguity around the concept of accountability, but when you create multiple sets of rules, you shove accountability right out the door.

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Credibility Killer: Putting yourself ahead of everyone else. Credibility Killer: Putting yourself ahead of everyone else.

We all see it, and it is reprehensible. Leaders eat last.

Credibility Killer: Ignoring needs for feedback and professional development support. Credibility Killer: Ignoring needs for feedback and professional development support.

Almost universally, people want to grow professionally, improve and chase aspirations. Ignore these needs and you are effectively devaluing people as professionals and as individuals who care.

Credibility Builder: Giving trust first. Credibility Builder: Giving trust first.

Instead of requiring your team members to earn your trust, treating people as if they are capable and trustworthy takes courage, but the payment in return is appreciation and mutual trust. Give people the room they need to make mistakes, to learn and ultimately to succeed, and they’ll repay your trust in kind.

Credibility Builder: Standing for something and living up to it. Credibility Builder: Standing for something and living up to it.

Values, principles - whatever you want to label them - people want to know what you stand for and they want you to prove it. Accountability starts at home and spreads across the team.

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Credibility Builder: Placing the team before self. Credibility Builder: Placing the team before self.

Show people that you’re working hard to help them succeed, and they’ll reward you in kind with their commitment to your success.

Credibility Builder: Having the courage to help. Credibility Builder: Having the courage to help.

Your frank feedback and your support for our growth show that you are worthy of trust and commitment. And there are few acts that will engender loyalty more than helping people reach toward their goals.

Credibility Builder: Having the courage to protect. Credibility Builder: Having the courage to protect.

There are a good number of reasons why it’s not in your best interest to stand strong in the face of adversity. Show that your team comes first and that you’re willing to take a corporate bullet for them and they’ll follow you anywhere.

The Bottom Line for Now: The Bottom Line for Now:

Selflessness, serving, holding yourself and everyone else accountable for actions and performance, and helping people grow as professionals are all essential behaviors for any leader aspiring to be credible in the eyes of the team. So, why should your team trust you to lead?

Special thanks to Art Petty for his insights.

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The real currency of a leader is trust conferred due to credibility earned. A number of people in leadership roles neglect to understand the hard work and personal commitment required to earn credibility in the eyes of their team members. Trust is earned, and the personal credibility of a leader is the gold standard required for us to give our trust to someone in a leadership role. Adapted from Art Petty’s “Leadership Caffeine” blog and distilled from professionals’ comments in Petty’s workshops and courses, here are 5 Big Credibility Killers and 5 Big Credibility Builders for leaders.

 

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