Assignment: Leadership Credibility and Influence

3.4 Assignment: Leadership Credibility and Influence

Getting Started

In this discussion assignment, you will read Chapter 8 in our textbook as well as the webpage, “Can You Pass the Trust Test?” The authors provide valuable research and insights on the leadership concepts of:

  • building credibility
  • communication
  • listening
  • assertiveness
  • conducting meetings
  • effective stress management
  • problem solving
  • improving creativity

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate and match appropriate interventions to organizational challenges.
  • Compare and contrast transformational leadership and servant leadership to determine how the two leadership styles can be utilized to facilitate change.


  • Textbook: Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience
  • Webpage: “Can You Pass the Trust Test?”

Background Information

In his book, The Speed of Trust, author Stephen M.R. Covey (2008) states that trust has become the key leadership competency of the global economy. He argues that rebuilding trust at the macro level starts with each individual. Like a ripple in a pond, trust begins within each of us personally, continues into our relationships, expands into our organizations, and ultimately encompasses our global society.

J. Stewart Black (2014), in It Starts With One, states that there are two key elements to leadership: trust and respect. Leadership can only happen when people choose to follow and people only follow when they trust and respect the leader. 

Turning the trust lens from outward to inward requires us to take a hard look at ourselves. The Center for Executive Excellence (2017) has identified three questions we can answer that will provide insight into our individual “trustability.” In this assignment, you will take a “Trust Self-Assessment” and compare actual scores vs. preferred scores for the type of leadership style you desire.


  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Read Chapter 8 of our textbook, including all Profiles and Highlights for added perspective on the chapter’s content.
  3. Read “Can You Pass the Trust Test” and take the “Trust Self-Assessment”. Note: There is also a link to the assessment within the “Can You Pass the Trust Test”.
  4. Based on your responses to the assessment, calculate a final score.
  5. Write a paper that identifies one situation where there was room for improvement in each of the areas listed below. 
    1. Do I fulfill commitments to myself and others? In our fast-paced, information overload world, we’ve become accustomed to overpromising and under-delivering. But when we don’t follow through with our commitments, we lose credibility with others and respect for ourselves. Before you make any commitment, ask yourself these questions:
      1. Is this a commitment I really want to make?
      2. Will I follow through with this? Pause and reflect, then commit, deliver, and repeat.
    2. Do I walk my talk? When we share half-baked ideas or say things we don’t really mean, we lose personal credibility. People won’t believe the message if they don’t believe the messenger. Make sure your actions match your words and beliefs. Lead by example, modeling for others through consistency, competency, and communication.
    3. Do I extend trust to others? As a leader with responsibilities for business outcomes, it can be hard to extend trust to others. Yet, when we micromanage and fact check, we send the message to our team that they can’t be trusted.
  6. List an action step you can take in each of the areas which will enhance your credibility with your coworkers. 
  7. Your paper should be 400–500 words in length. Use proper spelling, grammar, and APA style in your paper and for any sources cited. For questions on APA style, go to OCLS APA Writing Styles Guides.
  8. When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your instructor by the end of the workshop.
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