Leadership Tip

How to build your credibility

Leading people who used to be your peers is tough. You need to establish your authority without acting like the promotion's gone to your head. Credible leaders attract enthusiastic and committed followers, and people want to work for them. Credibility is important in many areas, not just in leadership roles. Here are three ways to "earn your stripes" more easily:

  1. Tread lightly at first. Don't introduce any major overhauls right away. Identify a few small decisions you can make fairly quickly, but defer bigger ones until you've been in the role longer.
  2. Be actively present. Spend time with each of your new direct reports. Ask, "What can I do to make you more successful?" This question shows that you're in charge, but also conveys that you're there to support them.
  3. Look beyond your team. During this type of transition, it's easy to become focused on your former peers. Don't forget to build connections with new counterparts and your new boss.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our acclaimed 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please contact us.

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