Tips from BESD: Credibility: Strategies to enhancing your influence

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 19, 2010

by Kari L. Schmidt, MS, RN-BC

In our fast-paced environments, we often ask, "How can I extend my influence? And how can I have a greater affect on our outcomes?" There are no simple answers to these questions. A recommendation may be embraced by one colleague, yet not by another. Control is limited. Authority is overemphasized. The essential element is our influence, and our influence is determined by our credibility.

Credibility is not something we simply have or do not have. Credibility is developed and earned. Building relationships, evidence-based recommendations, and meeting commitments all enhance our credibility. No one ever trusted someone simply because they said "trust me." Trust has to be earned.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the April 2010 issue of Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development.

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