In order to be successful at any stage, both the followers and leaders must be effective and supportive of one another. The relationship between those who aspire to lead and those who choose to follow is a strong relationship.
The leader has major roles and responsibilities of sharing his vision, goals, and objectives and guiding his/her followers towards it. Similarly, the followers have his/her own roles and responsibilities to significantly contribute to the leader’s plans and the process by sharing trust, loyalty, emotions, etc. by remaining on the same page. According to Cavell (2007), followers should be able to act proactively and find the way themselves which defines their effectiveness towards their leaders. Also, for the followers, the leaders should be honest, competence, forward-looking and inspiring.
Credibility is not that which can be built overnight. It takes lots of time and hard works to build credibility by a leader. In terms of leadership, credibility is defined as the foundation of leadership that can be achieved by building a character, developing expertise, being open and honest with team members, being transparent and professional. Author, Kouzes & Posner (1990) defines another five fundamental actions that can help build credibility: Know your constituents, Standup for your belief, speak with passion, Lead by example and Conquer yourself.
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Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (1990). The credibility factor: What followers expect from their leaders. Management Review .