This has to be one of those niggling thoughts for a leader ~ do you not trust me? (Or maybe it’s just me)
Leadership experts would say that trust is hard won, and easily lost. That to build your trust account is more like a long-distance run than a sprint. I don’t disagree with these sentiments and have learnt a few truths about trust on my journey as a leader…
Trust can be frustrating. You work hard, you centre on the vision, you think about people, you serve others, you get stuff done and yet you still wonder why they don’t seem to trust you.
That ‘one’ thing may still damage the trust. Maybe that’s the reason. Despite all the good you’ve been doing, that one thing is still enough for the question mark over your head.
Trust needs to work both ways. Good leaders put their trust in others all the time, or at least they should. It may not be fair to say that because you’re trusting them, they must trust you but then again, trust should work both ways.
You wouldn’t be where you are if you weren’t to be trusted. You would hope that if you were a serial untrustworthy person you wouldn’t be doing what you do. You’re either a really good fake or you’re doing alright.
Renew the trust. To those who find it hard to trust a leader – we know we’ve made mistakes and got things wrong, who hasn’t. We’ve taken it on the chin and apologised too. Here’s to you renewing your trust in someone.
Give your leader the trust that they need to know that you are with them.
How does the trust issue work for you?