If you boil relationships down to the most important element, it is always going to be trust-not leadership, values, partnerships, or anything else.
Trust is the foundation, of any secure and successful relationship. It must be earned and maintained. If you don’t trust, your relationships are in trouble.
In his book, On Becoming A Leader, Warren Bennis says, Integrity is the basis of trust, which is not so much an ingredient of leadership, as it is a product. It is the one quality that cannot be acquired but must be earned.
Developing trust is like constructing a building. It takes time, and it must be done one piece at a time. As in construction, it’s much quicker and easier to tear something down than it is to build it up. But if the foundation is strong, there is a good chance that what is built upon it will stand.
Trust is not something that simply exists from the beginning, something we can assume or take for granted. Instead, know that trust is an emotional skill, an active and dynamic part of our lives that we build and sustain with promises and commitments, our emotions and integrity.
Lead From Within: Say what you mean and mean what you say as you interact with others today and everyday.
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.