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The word credibility has several meanings.
Alternatively, it means capability of being
believed, to command belief or to truthfulness
or correctness of what one says.
In other words, credibility means that
whatever a person says, he/she believes in it.
Thus Credibility is about trustworthiness and
following through on what was promised.
You do not get to define your own credibility.
Credibility rests in the other person’s
perception. Your credibility is determined and
judged by them. Their personal perception of
your credibility is true at least for that person.
The hard truth is, no matter how great your
personal integrity or competence, it is not you
who gets to determine your credibility. In
truth, credibility can only be given to you by
“Build your credibility and maintain it-
your life does depend on it!”
Syed Imtiaz Hussain
Can YOU Be Trusted?
1. Earn Respect with What You Do
Do not try to earn it from status, position
or power, which is counter-productive
2. Let People See You Are Sincere
This is when you build trust
3. Suspend Your Judgment of
Keep your mind open to considering as many
other perspectives as possible
Can YOU Be Trusted?
4. Keep All of Your Commitments
Even the small ones are important
5. Do Not Stretch the Truth
If you have not finished a project, say so.
Do not try to pass it off as a task taken
care of when it is not true
Credibility = Trust
Credibility and Trust are
intertwined with one another.
You cannot find someone credible
unless you first find them
Time + Honest = Credibility / Trust
Credibility and Trust take time that
could accumulate up to years.
People will know through repeated
encounters with a person that they
tell the truth and act in a rational
The more time and the honesty
displayed by the person the more
credibility he/she has.
Time + Honest = Credibility / Trust=
Positive Interpersonal relationships =
Motivation = Productivity
The formula is long but does strike
at the heart of credibility and
The more honest you are with
people and the more time you have
the more credible you become.
When your credibility is high you
have positive interpersonal
relationships with people who
respect and acknowledge your
Credibility is; “The level of respect
others have about you”
Syed Imtiaz Hussain
Developing Credibility Behavioral
Examples that Build:
Taking responsibility for behavior
Forgiving and Understanding
Focusing on the Positive
Avoiding Credibility Behavioral
Examples that Destroy:
Lack of Devotion
No Concern for Time
Setting a Bad Example
Denying responsibility for Behavior
Focusing on the Negative
Role of leaders has remained and will
stay paramount in all societies and
organizations in motivating their
followers to adopt a certain course of
In military organizations, this role
becomes even more important since
military leaders are frequently required
to lead their people in uncertain and
In order to become a credible leader,
one needs to be true to one’s own self.
A leader must say only those things,
which he really believes in. Not only a
leader’s own belief in what he/she says
is vital, but his/her actions and behavior
are even more important.
Actions and words of a leader become
integrated only when he/she has
“Never trust someone who lies to you.
Never lie to someone who trusts you.”
• Doing what you say you will do
• Keeping your commitments and promises
• Walking the walk and talking the talk
• Your actions/deeds are consistent with your words
• Leading by example; practicing what you preach
Credibility has been defined with
some of the following statements:
Maintaining Credibility in a Changing
“It takes a lot of things to prove
you are smart, but Only ONE thing
to prove you are ignorant”
Build your credibility before persuading.
Understand what builds and destroys it. Protect
it like a baby, because once lost it can be
impossible to recover. So! Guard your Credibility.