How to be Perceived as Being Credible

In The First 90 Days, Michael Watkins writes about new leaders making transitions. He says they’re perceived as more credible when they display these characteristics:

  • Demanding but able to be satisfied
  • Accessible but not too familiar
  • Decisive but judicious
  • Focused but flexible
  • Active without causing commotion
  • Willing to make tough calls but humane

Since perceptions are weighted so heavily in people’s minds it’s important to make a good one in a new job or new role. Make this your priority in every initial transition.