Building, Keeping, And Transferring Credibility In Leadership

Answers From Leadership Podcast Episode #35

Credibility is a powerful factor in any leader’s life. Without credibility, people will struggle to find a reason to follow you. When you have credibility, people realize you get things done.

Susan M. Barber, our guest today on Answers From Leadership, knows a thing or two about building, keeping, and transferring credibility. And that’s what Susan and I discuss in episode 35 of Answers From Leadership.

Susan Barber on Building, Keeping, And Transferring Credibility In Leadership

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Show Notes

Susan, what else would you like listeners to know about you?

No, you did a great job introducing me.

How would you define leadership?

I define leadership as inspiring others with a shared vision. Empowering them to deliver objectives and having integrity.

3 Reasons Being Young Shouldn’t Stop You From Leading

Your youth is an asset

Has anyone ever told you that you’re too young to lead? Maybe they’ve told you that you don’t know enough yet. You haven’t reached the age of maturity.

Some of those concerns are valid. You might not know as much as you need to. Or you might be a lot younger than those you’re going to be leading.

Yet being young shouldn’t stop you from leading. Rather, you should be encouraged to lead when you’re young.

Youth shouldn't stop you from leading

Yes, you’re young…

There are many issues that can arise because of your youth.

You might easily be distracted by the next shiny thing. You might not know everything there is to know about the situation you’re leading the organization into. Or you might not have buy-in from those around you, after all, you’re half their age.

Leading when you’re young can be tough. You feel discouraged and that your voice doesn’t matter.

How To Have Creative Conversations

Brit Poulson On Answers From Leadership Podcast Episode 33

Creative conversations… What do creative conversations look like? How can you have more creative conversations? What do you do if your conversation partner is considered an adversary?

Brit Poulson and I sat down to discuss these important questions regarding creative conversations. And Brit knows a bit about creative conversations.

He’s the author of The Clarity Compass: See More Clearly. Have Creative Conversations. Live the Life you Want. Brit is also the owner and principal of Clarity Compass Consulting where he specializes in transformative coaching and leadership programs.

Creative conversations with Brit Poulson Answers From Leadership podcast

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Brit, what else would you like listeners to know about you?

I’d like them to know that even though I’m doing business work and leadership consulting work, my overall approach is a psychological approach. I start on the cognitive level and then work down to deep understandings of the world.

Who Leadership Isn’t About

Is there a bigger leadership lie than the one that says leadership is about the leader?

He has to be front and center. He has to be known. And he has to get the credit.

That’s what we’ve been told for so long. It’s what has destroyed the leadership position.

Leadership is about others

Leadership isn’t about YOU, the leader.

You may be casting the vision. You may be leading the charge. Or you may be the one giving direction.

All of these actions can make it seem like you’re the one leadership is about. You’d be drawing the wrong conclusion.

Leadership doesn’t revolve around the leader. Leadership should revolve around those being led.

Why We Think Leadership Is About The Leader

In recent history, leaders have become the face of the organization. They talk about what’s going on and they cast the vision.

Enlist The Right People To Your Team

No man is an island. And no leader leads alone.

Every leader has the responsibility to fill his team with players who will take the organization to the next level.

Get the right people on your team - fist bump

Too often, we see leaders fill their teams with yes men or people just like themselves. There’s no diversity to their teams.

The lack of diversity also leads to another problem: Creativity will be limited.

I like what Brian Dodd says in his book The 2-Minute Leader:

Wise leaders don’t seek out people who are just like them. If someone doesn’t fit your mold, that is probably a very good thing.

Why Your Clones Aren’t Good

We want to be around people who are like us. They bring us comfort and we know how to relate to them.

They’re just like us, after all.