Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 3.6 Credible Leadership: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • I thought the Ted Talk by Barry Posner was a great summary of a credible leader. Being a credible leader is essential to have subordinates that truly follow because they have trust and respect for that leader. At the end of the day, people will not believe the message if they don’t believe in the messenger. Posner listed four universal fundamental characteristics of credibility as:
    Honest – telling the truth and being trustworthy
    Competent – being capable, having good judgement and always trying to improve and learn new things
    Inspirational – enthusiastic and passionate
    Forward Looking – have a vision, purpose, and sense of direction for others to follow

    It’s all characteristics we’ve talked about before, but I think credibility is the keystone to ensuring success as a leader. It’s things we have to be consistent in, day in and day out, and communicate clearly with our followers to maintain that credibility.

  • As leaders, it is important for us to be moral and ethical in our personal and professional lives. We want to be able to set the example of what should be occurring on the job and off the job. However, what is morally and ethically accepted in our personal lives may not be morally and ethically accepted in our professional life. We have to be aware of the difference and know when our members or we have crossed the line. To build trust with our members we have to be honest and have respect for one another. A leader can be honest with their members while at work, but if they learn that the leader is having an affair they may begin to lose trust and respect for that individual (Long, 2017).
    Long, L. (2017). Credible leadership. 3.6, Week # 10. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from https://cloud.scorm.com/content/courses

    • I agree that off-duty life matters, especially for leaders. It’s hard to tell your subordinates “do the right thing” when you’re cheating on your wife in your off time. It beings into question what else they may be cutting corners on or lying about. We are held to a higher standard and need to be mindful of the things we do, whether at work or not.

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