One of the most critical traits of an effective leader is credibility. If your team doesn’t believe in your ability to do your job, you’ll struggle to motivate them.
Don’t assume your credibility is apparent. Make an effort to establish it from the beginning by showing your willingness to work hard, modeling the behaviors you’re trying to encourage in others, and keeping promises and meeting deadlines. Always be prepared for meetings and presentations. Hold others accountable, treating them fairly and consistently. And, use your power and influence for the benefit of others. Remember that once you’ve established it, it’s important to continue to demonstrate your trustworthiness credibility for the long term.
Adapted from the Harvard ManageMentor Online Module: Leading and Motivating.