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What makes a leader credible?

Who would be an expert in a world where expertise is under siege? Hard-won know-how and experience seem to count for nothing in the eyes of everyone from high-profile business leaders to populist politicians.

But what evidence do we have that this perception is right?

Amanda Goodall has been asking this question for the last twenty years. Her research has taken her from boardrooms and F1 race tracks to hospitals and higher education. She has proven time and again that, when it comes to top performance, we need people – especially bosses – with the expertise that only comes from a deep understanding of the worlds in which they operate.

That’s what makes the people around them feel happier, better appreciated and more productive.

In Credible, Goodall identifies the key characteristics of expert leaders and provides a model for career development and success based on going deep into a business, working hard and knowing your stuff.

We all want to be led by people we can relate to and trust, people who have the credibility to make us want to follow them. When it comes to credible leadership, expertise really matters.

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In her clear and invigorating book, Amanda Goodall lays out an essential message for our times: The very best leaders are those who are experts in what they are leading. If you've had nagging suspicions about the idea of generalist, all-purpose leaders, this well-researched book will validate your concerns. If you're currently a leader, aspire to be a leader, or are responsible for selecting and assessing leaders, Credible is a must-read
Donald C. Hambrick, Evan Pugh University Professor and Smeal Chaired Professor of Management, The Pennsylvania State University
Credible, by Amanda Goodall, is engaging and powerful. With many vivid examples from a range of industries and settings, she shows how two essential qualities of our species that we evolved to manifest - leadership and expertise - must actually be reflected within our very modern instantiation of groups within both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. Groups must have leaders and these leaders must have deep knowledge about the group's core mission. With this simultaneously ancient and modern foundation, groups can thrive and succeed
Nicholas A. Christakis, author of BLUEPRINT and Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University