What makes you credible as a leader
Every day when you step out into the world you tell people who you are and if they can trust you – without even saying a word. Why does being a trusted matter? It matters because people only want to associate with others they feel they can trust.
In the first few seconds of meeting you, people make decisions about who you are based on what they see. What they see is your appearance (how you’re dressed and groomed), your behavior (your body language), and your communication ( what you say and your etiquette) – appearance, behavior, and communication make up your image.
How you’re dressed and groomed? To gain credibility your appearance has to be in alignment with who you say you are. If you look and act like you don’t care, no one will take you seriously. Whether you’re a mechanic or business owner, your appearance is speaking for you.
When we see someone who isn’t taking care of himself/herself we instantly wonder (either consciously or subconsciously) if they will do the job with care or if they can do the job at all.
Here are a few other examples of when an incongruent appearance lets us down:
The doctor who is wearing jeans and a T-shirt
The psychologist is wearing a hoodie with a cartoon character on it
The banker who needs grooming – long hair, unruly eyebrows
The salesperson (at a trade show) showing cleavage
A university registrar wearing a short skirt and bare legs
A cook wearing a dirty, white apron
Would you trust any of these people to take care of your business, health, or money? Not likely when there are others who are dressed appropriately and you don’t have to wonder if they know what they’re doing.
Since the dressing is something we’ve always done and done on a daily basis, it seems easy. Yes, it is easy to put on clothes, but not as easy to do it well.
Behavior tells your image and your credibility:
The second element of the image is behavior. It’s not enough to dress well and be well-groomed if your behavior isn’t keeping up.
Your behavior is also talking and telling everyone who you are. For example, would you trust a person who won’t look you in the eye? Would you want a friend who talks nonstop and never listens to what you have to say? What about the person who ‘knows everything’? Would you hire them? There are endless examples of bad behavior; some are simply bad manners, while others are attitude.
Body language shows your credibility in doing work:
Body language, another component of the image, is what your body is saying when you aren’t uttering a word. Your body language tells everyone how you really feel- shuffling of feet, fidgeting body movements; or, great posture and a confident stride.
Body language works two ways: You can change your body movements and improve how you feel, or you can change how you feel and your body movements will change.
Slump over and notice how you feel, then stand up straight and notice the difference. Smile and notice how much better you feel. Just simple body movements make a big difference.
Body language sends out signals. For example, moving closer tells others we’re interested, or moving away signals that you’re not in my space or I want to leave.
Communication skills also show your credibility:
The last aspect of having a great image is communication. Communication is not just what you say, it’s how you say it. It’s the tone of your voice and how you communicate in a variety of ways – email, letter, and in-person.
It’s also about how you say what you mean, how you react to what others say, and your etiquette. Being able to ask for what you want and say what you don’t want are examples of good communication skills.
If you take a minute and think of people who are charismatic you’ll notice that they have confident body language, are impeccably dressed, and have good manners.
Your image is an important part of your credibility:
Those who don’t think the image is important are sadly mistaken, or worse they have a poor image and don’t know it. The tricky thing is, if some aspect of your image is lacking, no one is likely to tell you. Those who are closest to you who might tell you, probably don’t know. What can you do? Start by reading this blog post.
Your image is always impacting your results. No matter what you want your image impacts your results. It might be something as important as getting a great job, a promotion, customers, or getting a good seat in a restaurant.
For job seekers who want to step ahead, it’s important to know the most wanted skills that are required in today’s marketplace.
If you want to get the job of your dreams or excel in your career in that field in which you are already following have a look at the skills below and assess where you stand and find a way to polish the areas you are not doing so well.
Communication skills (Listening, Speaking and Writing)
Communication skills are the first set of skills that potential employers will notice. From the initial moment, you will be in touch with them the employer will scrutinizing the way you behave. Be the way you talk over the phone, the way you give information on email, your resume, and cover letter, or the way you carry yourself during the interview they will be assessing you whether you have polished your communication skills.
Analytical and Research skills
Take the time to analyze the situation think of all possible scenarios. Being analytical but also having strong research skills differentiates from one employee to another.
Flexibility and adaptability
An employee adapting from one working environment to the other is a big advantage. It demonstrates the individual’s commitment to the organization and influences their career progression.
ABILITY TO PLAN, ORGANISE AND PRIORITISE WORK
Simple as it may sound, an individual that can show that he/she has been able to plan and organize their work is very valuable. Pay special attention to the way you plan your tasks, and ensure you keep up with all the deadlines you are given.
Similarly, knowing which tasks to prioritize and which ones to leave for later is an important skill.
Not only can you inspire individuals to do what is right, but you can also guide them along the way, and you can monitor their progress in every step.
With Gen Yers taking over the workplace, and their strong desire to be left alone to do what they have to do, it is essential to have managers that know leadership skills it is, therefore, a big surplus for any company in today’s competitive world.
I want to take a look at some ideas that can help increase your credibility and your impact so that you can bring your vision to life no matter who it is that you wish to influence and persuade credibility. what’s the number one thing that you focus on. He told me in no uncertain terms that his pitch was about convincing the investors that his product and his company were viable here.
Public speaking is a very crucial skill to have, which requires a lot of self-confidence, practice, and analyzing your audience. It comes naturally to most people, but for some people, it comes later. When we meet clients or represent the company as a whole this skill develops automatically.
Something that’s been coming up with my coaching clients over and over again is this issue of credibility maybe you wonder about your credibility. When you’re presenting to investors to customers to your boss or to whomever it is that you care you want to be credible. You want to be believable but where does credibility really come from.
Being tactful is necessary for many situations when dealing with clients, as well as colleagues.
No matter how much you believe you are right about something, or that it may be more useful for your colleague to know exactly what you think, realize that not everyone reacts the same way to different styles of confrontation.
Using innovative ways to improve workflows and processes in the workplace, or finding a new way to process a piece of work can change the company’s dynamics, save time and cost, and even improve the quality of products/services.
ETHICS AND INTEGRITY
Honesty and sticking to your values will definitely repay in the long run.
STRONG WORK ETHIC
They need to be assured that their employees will keep at a problem until it is solved, and they will do what is necessary to complete all tasks.
SALES AND MARKETING
At any given point in time, you might be faced with an opportunity to promote your company and its products or services to people you meet.
COMPUTER AND ELECTRONICS SKILLS
Now all jobs require a basic understanding of computers and electronics. As the technology is moving ahead we may need in the workplace, we are being pushed towards the need to understand circuit boards, processors, electronic equipment and computers.
Statistics, in particular, may come in handy, as many a time you might need to produce some graphs and figures by analyzing quantitative data.
Computer programming may be seen as a skill that only needs to be mastered by the few IT experts in an organization. Knowledge of a basic level of computer programming may come in handy if you are trying to develop a new program that you hope may help your department in the way you process information.