Trust matters. A lot.
Just think about how fantastic it feels to really trust someone, to know that they would always behave thoughtfully, respectfully and honestly!
And if you don’t trust someone, you won’t give them your all, will you?
As a leader you must inspire trust – there can be no effective or respectful leadership without it.
It’s a funny old thing trust though. You can’t demand trust, you can only earn trust. Trust happens over time. And there’s no time like the present to start/continue building it.
You can’t demand trust, you can only earn trust
Here are four simple ways to build or further increase trust:
- Be genuinely interested in people. Take the time to talk with others and get to know them. Could you trust someone you didn’t know?
- Be generous. Share what you know. Give feedback. Give credit where credit is due.
- Be consistent. Don’t keep people guessing. Be emotionally aware; manage your emotions and the impact they have on others.
- Keep your promises. Simple, but oh so effective. Do what you said you were going to do – or apologise and explain why and what will happen next if you couldn’t keep the promise.
We’re all in the trust business
Trust is the foundation for all great leadership and teamwork. And in a world that changes faster and faster, trust will only get more and more important.
And we’re all in the trust business – every day, in everything we do.
About the authors:
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.
Their latest book ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com
Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”This book is a 21st-century guide on how to build a world-class team. I highly recommend it” Steve Siebold, Founder, Mental Toughness University, Florida USA.