Posted by: Brandon W. Jones | February 14, 2011

How To Gain Credibility As A Leader

One challenge all leaders face at some point is gaining credibility with their followers.  Followers have a tendency to test leaders to verify that their leaders really are qualified to be their leader.  They also want to be sure that the leader knows what they are talking about.  There are five characteristics that leaders should have to gain credibility with their followers.

Integrity  Leaders must be honest with their followers.  They must do what they say they are going to do and be consistent.  The minute a leader does one thing for one person and something different for another person, he/she loses trust with the followers.  The followers see the inconsistency and question how the leader will respond to them.

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.

Inspiration  All leaders must be able to inspire their followers to do their best.  They must also be able to get everyone on board with the goals of the organization.  The leaders must inspire the followers to work harder than they would work on their inspiration.

Drive  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.

Education A good leader is continually expanding his/her knowledge.  As a leader, it is so important to gain an education.  There are many things you can study and learn, what is most important is that you become educated.  Leaders can further their knowledge by going to trade schools, colleges, universities, and even online schools.  Some may consider furthering their business education with an AMC online degree.

What have you done as a leader to gain credibility with your followers?

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  2. […] The Confident Leader.  The confident leader, on the other hand, is confident in what they know and the people that are around them.  They also fully understand that they don’t know everything and they must depend on their people.  This leader has a good relationship with those they lead, so there is an open line of communication.  The confident leader is always informed about what is going on in their department which allows them to trust their people.  While they know their people and their people’s abilities, they also know and understand the weaknesses and limitations of the group.  Confident leaders always do what they can to put their people first and stand up for them.  The confident leader has a lot of trust in their people, but it is not blind trust because it is a trust that is built on honesty and integrity. […]

  3. […] The confident leader also has a good relationship with those he leads, so there is an open line of communication.  He is always informed about what is going on in his department which allows him to trust his followers.  While he knows his followers and their abilities, he also knows and understands the weaknesses and limitations of the group.  Confident leaders always do what they can to put their people first and stand up for them.  The confident leader has a lot of trust in his/her people, but it is not blind trust because it is a trust that is built on honesty and integrity. […]


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