Destroying Credibility: A Surefire Way to Damage Your Reputation
The relationship that an employee has with his or her supervisor correlates with the level of employee output—the better the relationship, the higher the output quality.
Nothing kills a relationship faster than a loss of trust and credibility.
The other day I attended a meeting where a speaker presented content from a model that originated in the late 1890s and was later popularized in the 1960s.
I frequently use—and cite—models and theories to provide a foundation for strategies that improve my client’s situation. For me, the speaker’s use of this model is not an issue. But that she never cited the originator of the model or noted that it wasn’t her own, is an issue.
From that point forward I lost all interest in the presentation, because she did something that any speaker, manager or leader should never do—take credit for (or fail to credit) someone’s idea or product.
Error in Judgment: Not citing the source
If you didn’t generate an idea, create a solution, or manufacture a process, don’t act like you did. Or, even worse, don’t take credit for it.
Taking the credit for someone’s idea, especially when that person is an employee that reports to you, is a surefire way to lose respect. Although someone may be under your direction, give credit where credit is due.
You don’t lose credibility or appear less of an expert for citing someone else.
You severely damage your reputation if you don’t.This entry was posted in Communication, Feedback, Leadership, Management. Bookmark the permalink.