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For you to remain credible, your words must match your actions. Here are five actions that keep your credibility strong:  

  1. Accept responsibility. Stand up as a leader and do the right thing, especially in times of failure. If you had a part in an issue, speak up. Claim responsibility and offer a plan for next time. 
  2. Be sincere. Don’t try too hard to be liked. Be genuinely interested in others and act professionally. You will gain respect.
  3. Tell the truth.  Honesty really is the best policy.   
  4. Be transparent. When it comes to business leadership, share as much as you can. Sharing information with others shows you are confident in your abilities and that you have nothing to hide.
  5. Keep learning. Stay abreast of the changes in your industry. Know your field and confidently exhibit your knowledge.

— Adapted from “Five Reasons Leaders Lose Credibility,” Monster staff, www.managerlink.monster.com. 

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