Leadership in the workplace is such an important trait – requiring ethics, a holistic view and a range of technical and soft skills.
Undertaking a Leadership Role
Leadership is being able to lead people to achieve the organization’s goals and their goals. Taking a leadership role requires a deep sense of responsibility, commitment, and a clear vision for the organization.
Leadership is a relationship between people who aspire to lead and those who chose whether or not to follow. Leadership hinges on the leader’s credibility which is easy to lose but difficult to build.
In undertaking a leadership role, we need to be instrumental towards leading our team to achieve our company’s goals and objectives. Hence, in undertaking a leadership role, we need to start by building our credibility to lead and direct our organization to achieve its targeted results.
Why is credibility essential for a leader? Taking a leadership role goes beyond job descriptions and functions. It goes beyond heading an individual or group teams. Leadership is being able to inspire, motivate, and make people believe that we have the competence, the capability, and the integrity to lead them to that achievement of that goal.
Eroding credibility is a deterrent to achieving our organization’s goals and objectives. We need to be alert on red flags that signal an eroding credibility. We have to be a credible leader to be effective in our leadership role.
What is a credible leader?
A credible leader has sufficient job knowledge. We can quickly lose credibility if we struggle with the tasks that are part of our job. If we have difficulty answering questions about the organization or making decisions that do not align with the organization or its environment, this is a red flag signal that we are on the verge of losing credibility.
When we lack relevant job knowledge, this weakens the basic foundation of leadership. Our goals and objectives are not achieved thus leading our company to lose our foothold in business and our competitiveness in the market.
A credible leader must also be able to take immediate action on problems. Failure to take action on problems is a sign that we are not confident in our capability to lead the organization. This can lead our organization to fail to respond to changes that are happening in our environment.
A credible leader must also be able to give information that is consistent with the goals and objectives of the organization. When we give contradictory information, this can create a huge confusion among our people which can cost us direly. Contradictory information is like swimming in a big body of water where none is clear and no direction can be seen.
Finally, a credible leader knows what information is needed and required. Only important and relevant information are requested for asking irrelevant information is a sign that the leader does not know what he wants to achieve and does know how to achieve it.
Undertaking a leadership role can both be a challenge and life changing. As leaders, we need to know and understand the importance of leadership credibility and how to sustain it. For in doing so, undertaking our leadership roles becomes more effective, efficient, and goal oriented.