Credibility is the fundamental trait that every excellent leader must embody. The traits of a credible leader are demonstrated by their words. How many of these do you say on a regular basis?
What do you need?
Great leaders get things done through others. So after setting a clear course ahead, they ask regularly, “What do you need?” After all, to ensure that our teams succeed, we must make sure they have everything they need. Knock down obstacles, provide resources, guidance, and clarity. We serve them so that they succeed.
Tell me more.
Great leaders don’t jump to conclusions, but hear out the full story so they can make better decisions. Our team members crave being heard and when there are two sides, both sides want a full hearing. Ask for details. It’s the details that matter. This runs counter to our culture of a fast pace and too much to do. Great leaders know when to step back, slow down, and intentionally focus on the matter at hand.
Keep in mind our values…
If your team ever gets off track or is having trouble with a decision, elevate the discussion and go back to your core values. It brings clarity and focus on what truly matters most. On a regular basis, insert your core values into any discussion and watch how it fosters ownership and engagement.
I trust you.
Foster more trust with your team by expressing your trust in them. This says you believe in them and have confidence in their skills and abilities to get the job done. When we give others a great reputation to live up to, they will strive to reach it.
Great leaders celebrate and talk about high performance. They cultivate gratitude when effort is shown, goals are met, or just when everyone pulled together. It’s inspiring when it happens and great leaders talk about proud stories of achievement.
So, how did you do? How many of the above have you said to your team? Less than perfect? No problem. Let this be a reminder to say what highly credible leaders say.
Here at the Alber Center, we have a passion for helping leaders be their best. If this short article was useful, please consider partnering with us to help make this year your organization’s best ever. Leadership matters and it would be an honor to come alongside you to foster the leadership that builds healthy, high-performing teams.