Last month we explored personal development, we looked at ways that you, the leader can further improve both yourself and your staff. Essentially, it comes down to being Physically, Mentally and Spiritually Fit and we identified ways of building upon each of those areas. It is my hope that you are spending time daily building on those three foundations. When you do, you’ll see great gains in your endeavors both personally and professionally.
This month, I want to talk about trust. As leaders, we tend to get caught up in the implementation of the latest buzzwords hence; we lose sight of the core fundamentals that got us to where we are.
Trust is the obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
“When the trust account is high, Communication is easy, instant, and Effective.”
It may seem basic but Trust is the foundation of leadership, it is the core of your credibility. Whether you are leading several hundred people in various places across the globe or leading your family. Let’s face it; we are happier when we are trusted therefore, trust is imperative to our overall success!
Stephen M. R. Covey, in his book The Speed of Trust, writes about the 13 behaviors that create trust: straight talk, demonstrate respect, create transparency, right wrongs, show loyalty, get better (personal development), confront reality, clarify expectations, practice accountability, listen first, keep commitments, and finally, extend trust to others. When you make trust a part of your daily life, when you give it the focus it deserves, everything you want to accomplish will come just a little bit easier. His father, the late Stephen Covey said it best:
“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
Create, build and maintain trust wherever you go and you’ll be teaching those around you to do the same.