By Sara El Kareh
Reliability is the secret for an effective leadership. However, some leaders attempt to do things that weaken this credibility.
If you want to preserve credibility at high levels, you should follow these three steps:
1. Do not overstate and exaggerate:
When you are trying to encourage and inspire your employees, overstating can be easier than ever. In fact, movies always include this type of motivation, when a leader is trying to inspire his team. Unfortunately, in our real world, this is not a solution. A leader should avid exaggerating. It is a credibility killer; it shows that you are less responsible, and will lead to decrease the trust of an employee in you.
Successful leaders are those who can convince their employees without overstating, within boundaries of reality. It is not necessary to make dramatic speeches like those we see on big screens; all what is required is an honest and true speech, not so far from reality, that can have influence on employees’ minds and hearts.
2. Preserve your employees’ privacy
If you want to be influential and persuasive to your employees, then you should be the leader who can be trusted. You should show how trustworthy you are and keep their personal information private. You will building a relationship built on trust with your employees if you show them that you can keep confidentiality. Make sure you do not give any comment that hints to a personal information of an employee who trusted in you, for you will ruin the trust circle, your credibility and any kind of relationship you have built with your employees.
3. Keep your promises
When you promise to do something, you should do it in any way. Or else, your promise will be considered a lie, no matter what the reasons are. Do not state something that you are not very sure of it. A promise not kept becomes a lie, regardless of the reasons why. Sometimes, some phrases concluded from your speeches will be understood as statements. Be aware of speculation.
You should simply say what you do and do what you say in order to keep credibility at its highest levels.
Credibility Also Promotes Unity
You should understand that credibility plays an important role in creating a unified team at work. Employees will show you more respect and trust. You are an example of how you want your team to be with you and with each other. When you don’t exaggerate, when you maintain your employees’ privace and when you don’t break your promises, you will ensure a long-lasting credibility and professional leadership.