Unlike the majority of my posts before this which were based on leadership lessons I have learned through observation, this post will be on a subject I have been wanting to learn about for awhile, credibility. As a leader it is important that your followers find you credible, because if they do not you will have a hard time getting them to follow you. I know for myself this is something I have always struggled with as a leader. I decided to do some research into the subject, and here are 5 things I believe will help you in establishing yourself as a credible leader.
1. Be Knowledgeable
One thing I have realized is that people will not follow someone who does not know what they are talking about. Whatever the subject is that your are leading people in make sure you know as much about it if not more than anyone else on your team. If you do not know about the subject go out and learn about it. Doing so will make a huge difference in the long run as people will realize that you are willing to put forth the effort as well as respect you for the knowledge you know.
2. First In, Last Out
As the leader, you should always be the first person in the office and the last one to leave. As you can probably gather from some of my previous posts I am a huge proponent of leading by example. Being the first person to arrive and last to leave is a great way of leading by example. It shows how hard you are willing to work for your group, and encourages the rest of your team to do the same.
3. Show Your Appreciation
One of the first leadership lessons I learned when I came to college was that after a certain point people stop wanting to be rewarded with money and wish to be rewarded with praise. Taking the time to stop and thank your employees for their hard work or compliment them on a project they completed can go a long way.
4. Stick Up for Your Employees
This is a lesson I got from Its Your Ship: Leadership Lessons From the Best Damn Ship in the Navy. In the corporate hierarchy that exists today it is not uncommon for a group of people or a department to receive cuts that might impact the people beneath you. If you are ever confronted with a situation like this where maybe your department head cuts funding to your group, it is important that you do what you can to fight for your people and to let them know you have their backs. Even if you can not change the ruling simply letting them know that you care and are looking out for their best interests can go a long way.
5. Trust Your Team
This last one might be the most important one. If you can not show your team that you trust them, than they will have a hard time trusting you. As important as this is it might also be one of the easiest things to do. The best way to show you trust those on your team is to simply not micromanage. Micromanaging a team can be incredibly annoying to those being micromanaged and can cause them to resent you. Taking a more hands off approach shows that you trust them enough to complete the task on their own.
***Below are some links to articles i referenced to write this post***