Nobody Believes You: What is Credible Leadership? S5 EP1


In the first episode of Season 5, Jenni delves into the theme of credible leadership. She discusses the importance of credibility in leadership roles, her research on the topic, and introduces her definition of a credible leader.

The episode reflects on the impact of the 2020 pandemic on leadership behaviours and explores the eight practices associated with credible leadership. Jenni also shares insights from her LinkedIn community and presents findings from her research report. 

Throughout the season, each episode will focus on one of the eight key practices that define credible leadership, as well as provide you with practical things that you can implement to build that practice that will enable you to lead effectively.

Episode Timestamps:

  • 00:16 – The Importance of Credible Leadership
  • 00:26 – The Pandemic’s Impact on Leadership
  • 01:31 – Exploring Empathy and Authenticity
  • 02:56 – Defining Credibility
  • 03:04 – Research Insights on Credibility
  • 06:22 – Challenges to Credible Leadership
  • 08:05 – The Eight Practices of Credibility

Leaders are struggling to get employees to do what they need them to do. But also, the leader believes that the problem is everyone else. And I’ve found that a breakdown in communication is often linked to the behaviour and the approach of the leader. Leaders think they have a team or culture problem, when really, they have a credibility problem of their own. – Jenni Field

Key Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Why there was an emphasis on being empathetic, human, and authentic during the pandemic
  • Key blockers to credibility include change and uncertainty, leadership development, communication issues, and remote work challenges
  • The eight key practices of credibility and understanding what they all entail
  • Effective communication combined with accountability ensures genuine leadership and followership

Thank you for listening! 

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