Trust is one of those critical leadership competencies that everyone knows you need but nobody can quantify. You know it when you see it. You know it when you feel it. You know it when it’s missing. But can you cultivate it or develop it as a leader?
Like love, and music, trust is universal and meaningful to all humans.
The messages you received in your family of origin or culture about trust often play an invisible role in how you lead and in who you are as a leader.
Do you believe trust is a gift we give others or does it need to be earned?
How do you know when you’ve earned it?
How do you know when someone else has earned it from you?
We know from applied leadership neuroscience that trust creates a positive chemical cocktail in the brain.
We know trust creates an experience or environment of clearly applied safety.
Leadership trust is very personal, subjective, and one of the ways we customize our executive coaching work with leaders. Are you a trustworthy leader? How can you generate trust in the culture of your organization? What do you do about employees or peers who are (consciously or unconsciously) breaching trust or actively generating mistrust?
Here are three trusted resources you can read: