Trust is essential for a leader’s success, but two misconceptions often stand in the way of leaders gaining the trust they need. First, they mistakenly believe that developing trust is a long, slow process that has to evolve over time; and second, they expect that as long as they are trustworthy, people will naturally trust them.
However, as a leader, it is essential to put in the effort to build trust with your team. The benefits are numerous, including increased productivity, better communication, and a more positive work environment.
So how can you become a leader that people trust? Here are some tips:
Demonstrate concern for others: Show your team that you care about their well-being and are willing to go the extra mile to support them.
Show vulnerability: Leaders who are willing to admit their mistakes and share their weaknesses can build trust with their team. It shows that you are human and are willing to own up to your mistakes.
Follow through on your commitments: If you make a promise, do everything in your power to fulfill it. This shows your team that you are dependable and can be trusted.
Eliminate self-importance: Leaders who prioritize their own needs above those of their team will struggle to gain trust. Instead, focus on putting the needs of your team first.
Lead by example: Leading by example is a powerful way to build trust with your team. If you show that you are willing to put in the hard work and make sacrifices, your team will be more likely to follow your lead.
Communicate openly and honestly: Being transparent and open with your team will help build trust and create a sense of mutual respect.
Lead From Within: Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective leadership. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships together.
#1 N A T I O N A L B E S T S E L L E R
The Leadership Gap
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
Additional Reading you might enjoy:
- 12 Successful Leadership Principles That Never Grow Old
- A Leadership Manifesto: A Guide To Greatness
- How to Succeed as A New Leader
- 12 of The Most Common Lies Leaders Tell Themselves
- 4 Proven Reasons Why Intuitive Leaders Make Great Leaders
- The One Quality Every Leader Needs To Succeed
- The Deception Trap of Leadership
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.