Search “Trust Leadership” on Google and you will find about 372,000,000 results. It seems like these two go hand in hand. If trust in leadership is such a hot topic, then why are there so many issues trusting leaders? The answer is, people have let us down too many times. Like the old saying “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”. People are quick to take their trust in people who have let them down.
I wrote posts that identified 6 components needed to earn and keep trust. I also shared a story about what the Sheriff taught me about trust and reputation. Today I will explain, why trust is so important to leaders. Trustworthiness is more than just work related; it must be in all areas of our lives to shine.
If you are anything like me, you once thought that leadership was about you. One of the hardest lessons I learned was that leadership is actually about serving those you lead. One of the best ways to serve others is to have a trusting relationship that shows you believe in them. Delegating projects builds people up and allows them to better themselves.
The one thing you cannot do and have influence is break their trust. A rope under load is not useful if it breaks. Leaders must be honest and authentic. It is that simple.
Does someone you do not trust have credibility with you?