In fact, "When credibility is maintained, high-performance teams emerge and personal relationships are strengthened, deepened and healthy," says consultant Nancy Stampahar in the March issue of Customer Service Newsletter. Following are seven leadership behaviors that Stampahar believes build credibility and trust:
* Make your actions match your words; follow through and keep your promises.
* Create a track record of achievements and establish yourself as an expert in service issues.
* Communicate clear and consistent goals, expectations, and standards.
* Listen with empathy; understand other perspectives, validate people, and ask questions to show interest and eliminate false assumptions.
* Make an effort to show genuine sincerity and concern for reps as individuals.
* Maintain confidentiality and stay out of the gossip circuit.
* Approach rather than ignore tough conversations and situations.
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