TRUST - The Foundation For Relationships

Happy fall y’all! With Labor Day behind us, it’s time to look at our foundations of success for the remainder of 2019. We’ll start with the essential leadership competency of trust building. Success in all areas is dependent on trust. No business can thrive without it and relationships that lack it are doomed. Let’s establish what it means to trust, why it’s so important, and how to achieve it.

Defining Trust

“Trust” means believing in the reliability, truth or ability of someone or something. One way trust manifests in the workplace is through delegation Many people opt out of delegating fearing their work won’t be done properly. With a solid foundation of trust however, you can effectively transfer responsibility and authority to produce the desired outcomes.

Many leaders and middle-managers especially, hold beliefs that block them from delegating effectively. They believe:

  • I don’t trust employees to do the job as well as me.
  • I can do the work faster and better.
  • My employees aren’t motivated and committed to quality.

Importance of Trust

Managers and leaders exist to lead others, not do the work for them. Start empowering your employees and reap these benefits:

  • Freeing of manager/leader’s time for planning, organization, and decision-making
  • Spending quality time developing future leaders and managing employees
  • Enjoy open communication flow within the organization
  • Learn different opinions/insights from others
  • Build team morale and creativity
  • Give your team a sense of community and belonging through common goals

How Do You Achieve Trust?

As a leader, it’s important to have a foundation of emotional intelligence to instill trust among your team. Other principles and practices such as mentorship, receiving feedback from employees, and leading by example will help solidify trusting professional relationships.

This month we will dissect and discuss each of these key elements of trust building:

  • Reliability
  • Openness
  • Acceptance
  • Relatability

I’ve guided many managers and teams to learn how to trust and delegate effectively. Contact me and I’ll assist you in this important process.

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