In this age of viral videos, instant news, Look at Me stunts and constant posting of selfies, you have more exposure than ever before. You can create any persona that you want to be, post it and many people will believe that to be the real you. People are getting rich from followers and views because of the age-old advertising tactic- people buy from people they want to be like.
It seems that people are only interested in what you eat or drink, what you wear, and where you go. However, this is completely different in terms of true business leadership. According to numerous studies, articles and surveys, the number one personality attribute a leader can have is credibility.
This makes perfect sense as the word credible is from the Latin word Credo or I Believe. People want to follow people they believe and believe in. And leaders as people who should be followed need to be believable, real and authentic.
But the question remains “Are you credible?” I think a simple checklist may help you.
1. Am I Honest?
2. Do I Tell the Truth?
3. Can I Be Trusted?
4. Do I Trust Others?
5. Am I Believable?
6. Do I have Expertise in my Field/Craft?
7. Am I Sincere?
8. Do I Understand my Team?
9. Am I Fair?
10. Do I Have Street Cred?
When going through the checklist, think about your actions and words. Do you walk the walk and talk the talk? Or do you try to placate everyone and get them out of your office as soon as possible? Are you someone who wants others to succeed or do you want to get ahead at almost all cost?
Credibility has a lot to do with your performance with your team over a long period of time. If you feel that you are lacking it, do not despair. You still have time to change. Truthfully answer the questions above again and decide how you are going to be more honest, trusting, believable, sincere, understanding, fair and competent. It may make the biggest difference in your career.