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LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES: "trouble gaining credibility" Barry Werner

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Are you having trouble gaining credibility with your team? (211-1)

Written by Barry Werner on May 21st, 2012. 

Ultimately a leader’s credibility comes from results. 

Read John 5:1-14.

As a Jewish man Jesus obeyed the established requirements of the faith to travel to Jerusalem to celebrate specific feasts. 

On one such trip He went to a pool near the Sheep Gate where people who were blind, lame and paralyzed came to be healed. While talking to the crowd Jesus encountered a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. 

Jesus healed him and sent him home.

Because Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath, a day set aside for rest, the religious leaders were angry with Jesus. Normally the religious leaders could have discredited Jesus but because Jesus got results. He continued to gain credibility and His influence grew as God’s anointed leader.

In my personal experience a team’s initial burst of confidence may come from rhetoric, but any lasting credibility comes from results. 

My prayer when entering a new leadership position was that I would be a good listener, have a servant heart, maintain integrity with everyone I met, that God would give me undeserved favor with the team, protect me from making a major leadership mistake for at least six months, and guide me into leadership decisions that would achieve positive results toward stated goals.

Credibility can be elusive for some leaders even when it appears they have achieved impressive results. 

The effective leader will have a broad definition for the word “results.” 

Teams look for results in all the following areas:

Maintaining personal integrity and creating an environment of integrity

Creating an environment where ideas are welcome and initiative is rewarded

Creating an environment of fairness where all policies are enforced without favoritism

Developing an organizational structure that functions well for everyone on the team

Insuring that communication is clear and vision and goals are stated and re-stated

Increased volume and profitability in the movement of the organization’s goods or services

Developing clear strategic plans, operational plans and supporting budgets

Are you having trouble gaining credibility with your team? Are you focusing more on rhetoric than results? 

Are you focusing on too narrow a definition of results? 

Throughout Jesus’ ministry He achieved astonishing results, such as referred to in today’s verses, but He also achieved results in all the other areas mentioned above. Effective leaders strive to follow His example.
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