James Kouzes and Barry Posner write, “Credibility is the foundation of leadership.” Credibility’s reality is found far beyond the words of its definition. It is evidenced in the great leaders’ actions, attitude, words and behavior. These are the actualization of the truth of their principles and values that are internalized and lived. John Maxwell suggests three things to achieve and continually strengthen credibility: “Initiative – You have to get up to go up. Sacrifice – You have to give up to go up. Maturity – You have to grow up to go up. If you show the way, people will want to follow you. The higher you go, the greater the number of people who will be willing to travel with you.” His words speak not only to professional life, but life as a whole.
Credibility is not only the foundation of leadership, but also the foundation of a highly successful and meaningful life for ourselves and those whom we touch and serve. The following are other leaders’ insights on credibility to further open our eyes to its value.
“Your reputation is the most important thing you’ll ever have. Not clothes, nor money, not the big cars you may drive. If your reputation is good, you can achieve anything you want in the world.” Maya Angelou
“Credibility is lost when there are big discrepancies between what leaders say and what they do.” Judith M. Bardwick
“Without character, there is no credibility; and without credibility, there is no trust.” Warren Bennis
“Results matter! They matter to your credibility.” Stephen Covey
“Credibility is a leader’s currency. With it, he or she is solvent; without it, he or she is bankrupt.” John Maxwell
“Credibility, like virginity, can only be lost once and never recovered.” Charley Reese
“Credibility is a basic survival tool.” Rebecca Solnit
Each day, may your credibility add depth and breadth to your caring and service to others that they, too, aspire to and find their greatest gifts. With your gift of this foundation, they will build magnificent edifices on it and achieve their life’s purpose and meaning. Your credibility and belief in them will change their world.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!