Keep confidences

Keep confidences

Week 4: Building Trust

Today: Keep confidences

Keep confidence; this is fundamental to trustworthiness. Followers require discretion and reliance, a genuine belief and feeling that a leader will not betray their confidence.

Keep confidences

Be fair

Week 4: Building Trust

Today: Be fair 

Be objective and impartial when giving reviews and rewards. Take the blame is it’s due to you, and give and share credit where it is due.

Keep confidences

Trust your team

Week 4: Building Trust

Today: Trust your team

Invite team members to lead presentations and projects and encourage them to take and run new initiatives. Trust is reciprocal. Displaying trust in the team’s knowledge skills and decision-making instils in them a trust of a smart leader.

Keep confidences

Express your feelings

Week 4: Building Trust

Today: Express your feelings

Smart leaders who can convey their feelings along with hard facts are seen as more approachable and therefore more trustworthy.

Keep confidences

Keep Your Promises

Week 4: Building Trust

Today: Keep your promises

Keep your word and commitments. If you promise to read a draft, make an introduction, speak to an influencer on someone’s behalf, look into career development course for someone, the do it. Ask your team for feedback on how you are doing, and act on it.

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