Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Different Types of Credibility

Different Types of Credibility

There are generally two types of credibility; there is high credibility, and there is low credibility. Credibility forms the basis for relationships. The context and purpose of those relationships determine how much credibility is needed to achieve a specific ends.

High credibility exists when all four core elements of credibility exist e.g. competence, integrity, inspiration and vision. People with high credibility are generally viewed as leaders and/or are influential positions.

Low credibility exists when only one to three of the core elements exist. People who fall under this category are generally seen as employees or followers.

There are exceptions to the general rule. Exceptions always exist. Employees may have all the core credibility elements, but are not in an environment where they can be exercised because of the specific job or position they hold.

Now ask yourself, who is likely to make a more profitable living; a high credible person, or a low credible person? Where do you see yourself? Where do you want to be? What core elements do you need to develop to get there?

Four Critical Components of Credibility

Four Critical Components of Credibility

Researchers specifically noted that out of over 50 leadership traits, competence, integrity, being inspiring and having a vision/focus were the top four desired traits.i These four critical components form the basis of credibility in effective leaders.ii

Competence refers to having the technical and interpersonal skills highly regarded within one's immediate sphere of influence and assigned professional responsibilities. Technical skills refers to one's ability to masterfully apply knowledge and skills aligned with a specific craft to meet an intended objective. Interpersonal skills refers to one's respectability and/or likability. People tend to comply, follow, or go out of their way to help someone they like. This requires effective use of social intelligence. Social intelligence refers to a person's ability to be self-correcting and adaptive to their environment, and to other people. This requires a capacity to maintain self-awareness in various surroundings and situations.iii Of the two forms of competence, interpersonal skills are of greatest value. This is because a persons deep understanding of people, their feelings and motivations allows them to achieve their will, and the groups will, through other people.
Integrity is about holding oneself accountable, as well as other people. This also involves being honest with oneself, as well as other people- being transparent. This opens the door to humility and empathy necessary for prime human interaction and compassion. Integrity also forms a solid foundation for trust, camaraderie and inspiration.

Inspiration surfaces when motivated by a person or event to take action. Leaders who are competent, have integrity and are inspiring become well-position to move people into action to meet personal and group goals. The more a leader can make a goal of mutual interest, the more people will be inspired.

Leaders who are able to form close bonds with people become trusted and begin to establish enough credibility to mobilize people into action. But leaders need something people can perceive within their own minds and hearts that they can achieve. People need a vision to align all muscle, mind, energy and soul towards a common interest.

iKouzes, James M., and Barry Z. Posner. The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

iiKouzes, James M., and Barry Z. Posner. The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

iiiBradberry, Travis, and Jean Greaves. The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book: Everything You Need to Know to Put Your EQ to Work. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. and Stein, Steven, and Howard E. Book. The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success. Mississauga, Ont: Jossey-Bass, 2011.

What is Credibility?

What is Credibility?

Credibility refers to being trusted and/or believed. It is also about being likable and/or respected. If one cannot be liked, respected, trusted or believed, one's credibility will be likely limited.

Being trusted allows you to mobilize people and systems in a manner in line with your will. The more your will is in line with the interests of others, others will support you as you move toward your objective(s). Your credibility will expand as your results expand, thus increasing your influence through new people and systems even more. You become a brand, a go-to person, the person everyone knows about, a leader, an advisor and counselor.

In the job market and social market, if you do not have credibility, or are perceived as credible, you will not be successful in any effort outside your immediate self. You will have to continuously start anew each time with new people and situations. This is important to understand because until you expand your credibility, your income, circle of friends and circle of supporters will be limited. In practical terms you will not be rich, you will not be in the social circle or strata you desire within the greater population. Additionally, understand that income and social circles come together. If there is no aura of credibility about you, nobody will invest time, effort, communication, resources and money to ensure you are successful. Your credibility expands through communication.

An example of credibility in the job market may come in the form of having certifications for a particular trade, good personal references, or being personally referred to a position based on personal relationships without having to be interviewed.

Credibility in the social market may be in the form of word-of-mouth advertisement such are on-line referral services that contain reviews of business services and products. Angie's list is one example.

Thinking About Credibility

Thinking About Credibility

Credibility is a subject not often talked about, at least not clearly. Yet, credibility has a huge impact on your life in terms of quality, level of economic influence, social status and prosperity. You cannot live without credibility. Leaders cannot lead without it. Job promotions do not come without it. Marriage and relationships cannot exist and last without it.

Credibility can take you across economic and social boundaries resulting in life-changing impacts from poor to rich. Credibility can help you bypass standardized qualification barriers, such as degree/certification requirements, financial costs, etc. This is not an exaggeration. I lived it.

I started learning about the impacts and benefits of credibility starting around the age of 13. I did not know the concept of credibility by name, but I knew what it was by its being popularity. Popularity is not credibility, but it is a fruit of being credible. This low-form of understanding credibility carried over into my high school years.

When I left home and became a Marine, credibility took a different form. My popularity in school and sports no longer mattered. I had to rebuild myself into another person. Credibility in the Marine Corps was based on medals/awards, rank, performance and whether one was a commissioned officer or noncommissioned officer.

When I retired from the Marine Corps many years later, credibility took a different form again. My identity and credibility that came to me over a several decades military career did not matter to the civilian world. I had to transition from one culture and world, to another. I had to start living and earning my keep like the normal guy next door. I had to create and form a new identity. To be successful, I needed credibility in the civilian world to put food on the table.

As a civilian businessman, credibility took on a new form yet again. Consulting is a tough environment. You support clients, and their organizations, to enhance their operational capacity and profit margins. However, you don't come in trusted. Your clients, generally do not know who you are, your real capabilities, levels of experience; or really even care. You have to prove yourself by providing value. As you provide value, credibility develops. And, as organizational members depart, you have to rebuild your credibility with a new cadre of personnel.

As a informal and formal life-long student of strategic and organizational leadership, I learned even more about the importance and substance regarding credibility. This time however, I learned more about the terminology, and how to develop it in a deliberate fashion.

I sincerely want you think about the importance of credibility in your life. I grew up from humble means. Its taken many years of my life to present this information to you in a cogent and concise manner. The knowledge, and failure to apply this knowledge, has cost me approximately enormous amount of money and influential relationships over the years. It's embarrassing, and I want to help save you that heartache.

I know what its like to cross socioeconomic barriers. I know what its like to struggle to become respected, but without prostituting your personal beliefs, family, culture and ideals.

Look at credibility as a transportation medium that can take you anywhere by land, air, sea and even time. It can increase local mobility or global mobility. Credibility can shape a place for you in history, and provide security for you and your family in a manner you may have never considered.

The price for not consciously creating, developing, shaping and evolving credibility is immeasurable. I hope these observations will help explain why.

Cheers M8s, Bob

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Strangest Secret - “We become what we think about” (Audio)

“We become what we think about”.

This video is about the power of the will and the power of making a focused decision. It tells you what guides a man to become rich or poor, and how.