It takes more than a position to become a business leader. They inspire trust and confidence from the people surrounding them, from the workers, to their fellow leaders and even those who seek their services.
Every leader has a credibility balance. The balance differs depending on the capability, reputation and technique of the leaders. Depending on the outcome of each situation he tackles, his credibility either builds up or goes down.
Are you interested in knowing the best way to cultivate your credibility – how to build up your relationships with your colleagues and clients?
And to help you enhance your worth, here are ten tactics you can try.
Be aware not just of yourself, but of others as well.
For all you know, what can be good for you might not be good for others. If for some reason the other person remains unmoved and unaffected, then it may be a bad mark on you.
Take time for the little things.
Little things that show courtesy and kindness are vital and contribute towards your credibility. Slights, on the other hand, may make lasting impressions. Those little acts, in the long run, will be the ones remembered.
Set the expectation straight
In order to avoid any misapprehensions and risk alienating your partner, one should set all expectations straight.
You should have firm, but not bloated, opinion of yourself
A good leader has a firm opinion of himself, this helps him to strive for what he know is right but remain self-effacing; it also makes him secure with what he’s doing and yet flexible enough to accept advice and criticism. On the other hand, conceited people don’t think they can be wrong and belittles other people’s ideas and opinions.
Avoid pointing fingers
When good leaders make mistakes, they take a moment to absorb it and then go right ahead and start correcting those mistakes, he also takes corrective measures so as not to do the same mistake again.
When needed, apologize
Knowing when to admit you’re wrong is a plus point for you. Saying you’re sorry is great, but too much leaves the apology with no value.
People feel confident in a leader who, despite imposing odds, can remain true to his beliefs. How can you encourage people to follow you, when you yourself don’t seem to know where you’re going?
Walk the talk.
People trust in leaders who remain true to their words, those who back up what they say and see a project through.
Keep Carl Sandburg in mind
Carl Sandburg was an author and poet, he was an advocate for the plight of the American worker. Do you take time to talk to the people on your staff? The quality of your character is usually revealed by how you behave around the people in your service.
Make it a point to verify your credibility every so often
Keeping a close check lets you know if your credibility is falling. A few questions you can ask yourself are:
“What can put my credibility at risk?”
“In what way could I increase my credibility?
“What little things can I do daily to keep my credibility elevated?