Building Credibility as a Leader
Being a leader
means so much more than just having a higher salary and a fancy title. It’s about actively engaging your team to be their full potential. You cannot just expect their respect and trust, you have to EARN it.
You can do that by following these seven great tips written by Amanda Zantal-Wiener for Hubspot
- “Actively listen.” The best thing you can do for your team is to listen to what they have to say. They were hired for a reason! Give them the space to voice their opinions and talk out thing as a team.
- “Get to the point.” A general best practice in being a leader is to value everyone’s time. Be concise and get to the point. Don’t ramble on and on just because you like the sound of your own voice. A person’s attentions span is much shorter than what it used to be. Think goldfish status. People tend to lose interest easily so be brief and focused.
- “Be consistent.” The absolute best thing you can do is be consistent. Follow through on what you promise you will do. Be consistent in your leadership style. Your team will thank you for the stability. Generally speaking, they don’t want to experience a roller coaster everytime they go into work.
- “Get to know as many people as possible.” Get to know your team as the people they are. Your employees aren’t just drones who get work done. They’re individuals with plans and goals and lives outside of the office. When you show an interest in them as people, they will be that much more likely to respect you as a leader.
- “Seek out speaking opportunities.” You all know how important effective communication is in leading a team. Do your best to seek out speaking opportunities in order to practice communicating with larger groups of people. It will get your name out there and boost your credibility as an authority in your field.
- “Trust the training.” Those corporate trains can seem silly or outdated or even a waste of your time, but they have them for a reason, right? They’re worth something! Most likely you’ve made your employees go through it at some point in their new hire on boarding session or throughout their careers. When was the last time you went through it? Has it been awhile? Because it might be time for a refresher course.
- “Have trust in yourself.” At the end of the day, you know your team better than anyone else. Trust yourself to be the best leader you can be. You might feel like you don’t deserve to be a leader or you’re too young or too whatever. You were chosen to lead for a reason! Trust that those reasons are valid and you are exactly what your team needs.
You all know that leadership
comes from within. It comes from understanding how to give part of yourself to your team. It’s about learning to communicate with each other as people and co-workers who share values and work ethic.