The secret to successful Leadership: Keep Credit in People’s Trust Account
We all know the importance of trust in any relationship. Whether it’s personal or professional, trust is the foundation which all interactions are built upon. The same goes for leadership. In order for a leader to be successful, they must first gain the trust of their followers. Once that trust is established, it’s important to maintain it by making sure there is always more credit in the trust account than there are debits.
Think of it like this: every time you do something that builds trust, you are making a deposit into the account. But every time you do something that breaks trust, you are making a withdrawal. It’s important to keep those withdrawals to a minimum if you want to maintain a healthy balance.
Why Building Trust Is The Critical Element Of Leadership
Many people tend to think of trust as something that is built over time, through repeated positive interactions and experiences. However, it's also important to realize that trust can be easily eroded if there are negative experiences or interactions. For leaders, this means that it's important to be aware of the need to build and maintain trust with those they work with.
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How to Keep Trust Account Balances Positive
There are four main ways to make deposits into someone’s trust account:
1. Be Competent
The first way to build trust is to be competent at what you do. If you can show that you know what you’re doing and that you’re good at it, people will be more likely to trust you.
2. Be Consistent
The second way to build trust is to be consistent in your words and actions. If you say one thing and then do another, or if your actions don’t match your words, people will start to question your sincerity and your ability to follow through on your promises.
3. Be Congruent
The third way to build trust is to be congruent in your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. In other words, don’t say one thing and then feel or do something else entirely. If people sense that there is a disconnect between what you’re saying and how you’re feeling, they will start to wonder if they can really believe what you’re saying.
4. Be Caring
The fourth and final way to build trust is to care about others. If you can show that you care about others and their well-being, they will be more likely to trust you. Leaders who care about their followers are more likely to gain their respect and loyalty.
How Trust Unlocks Inner Genius
There is a powerful link between trust and our Inner Genius. When we trust ourselves, we are more likely to tap into our inner wisdom and intuition. We are also more likely to take risks and pursue our dreams.
When we don't trust ourselves, we tend to second-guess our decisions, doubt our abilities, and miss out on opportunities. If your Inner Genius Profile is The Decrypter, The Narrator, or The Catalyst your fuel is connecting with people, projects, tasks, and things around you. If you have an Inner Genius Profile in the other nine Inner Genius Archetypes, perhaps you might sometimes find it challenging to connect with others, personally or professionally.
Trust is an essential ingredient for a happy, fulfilled life. When we trust ourselves, we connect with others, open the door for better communication, and naturally become more influential. Ultimately, we are more likely to lead fulfilling lives and make a positive impact on the world.
Maintaining trust is essential for any leader who wants to be successful. The best way to do this is by making sure there is always more credit in the trust account than there are debits. This can be accomplished by being competent, consistent, congruent, and caring towards others. By following these four simple guidelines, any leader can build – and maintain – a strong foundation of trust with their followers.
Building trust with others allows for a better connection with others, ease through open communication, and the potential to influence because trust creates a sense of safety and understanding. When we trust someone, we feel more comfortable sharing our thoughts and feelings with them. We are also more likely to listen to their advice and opinions. Furthermore, trust often leads to respect which can make it easier to get along with and learn from one another. Finally, trust can be the foundation for strong relationships that last over time.