When I present our Emotional Intelligence programs, I ask attendees to answer this question:

Over the years, I’ve seen dozens of different answers but I’ve been able to narrow it down to a short list. What people most look for in a leader has been consistent over time.

Through my research and observation, there is a consistent pattern across countries, cultures, ethnicities, gender, education, and age groups.
When you put it all together, you’ll find that
CREDIBILITY is the foundation of leadership.
When people perceive their leader to have low credibility, they:
  • Produce only when supervised
  • Are only financially motivated
  • Look for other jobs
  • Are critical in private, more likely to resort to passive-aggressive behavior
  • Feel unsupported and unappreciated
When people perceive their leader to have high credibility, they’re significantly more likely to:
  • Be proud to tell others about the organization they’re a part of
  • Feel strong and empowered with a sense of team spirit
  • See their own personal value as a significant part of the organization’s success
  • Feel loyal and committed
  • Have a sense of ownership in their own contribution
Here’s to growing your leadership through credibility!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.