The Core: Trust
Our contemporary professional landscape is flooded with a myriad of different types of leaders. Most leaders have reached a level of competence to earn the title, especially when it comes to technical skill and related responsibilities. With the continuous speed of technology and globalization, the world of management and leadership has definitely taken a new twist. The good news is that 2017’s forecast foretells leadership (and executive) development as a primary concern for most organizations.
But what about the core?
To achieve mastery as a leader, we should be giving a whole lot of consideration to the power of trust.
As leaders, we have a lot on our plates. Many leaders I know truly believe they don’t have the time – and certainly don’t express much interest – in grasping the critical importance of what it really means to evoke trust, empower others, and truly lead.
I’ve been serving as a trusted advisor to a particular entrepreneur who is struggling in this area. He’s building an amazing company that will not only meet the needs of many, but it will be opening the doors to a lot of employment opportunities.
In the grand scheme of things, he’s got the organizations structure, technology, processes, etc. figured out. But he must overcome a hurdle that has nothing to do with any of that. Luckily he’s recognized the value of having a trusted advisor by his side.
Tips When Struggling
If you happen to be a leader who struggles with trust, I’ve included a couple of tips to consider:
- Remember that consistency is a precious tool
- Avoid ambiguity. Be clear about priorities
- Follow through. Do what you say you are going to do
- Be grateful. Gratitude is amazingly evocative
- Embrace the quest for new knowledge (tip: arrogance is a sign that a lack of interest in knowledge acquisition exists)
- Care about other people. Compassion and empathy go a long, long way
Remember that trust affects our business with more power than any other attribute.
It’s the footing we need as leaders. Pure and simple. It’s the foundation for integrity. It’s where empowerment stems from. It’s the heart of motivation and certainly cornerstone to effective influence and persuasion. …and the list goes on.
Click here to read more about some of the traits that stimulate employees natural trust.