This is a difficult but a necessary skill for leaders.
Some who move into leadership positions tend to take others’ trust for granted. They think that just because they are now leaders, people will automatically trust them.
Trust is like a banking system. Only if you have made deposits can you think of withdrawing from it. What this translates to is that anyone who says ‘trust me’ should have demonstrated trust first, either to the individual or the group they are addressing. This is critical for leaders. Building trust is a slow process but has rich dividends like influencing, negotiating, and translating vision into action.
Did you know that there are two kinds of trust? Trusting with the ‘heart’ and trusting with the ‘head’. More on this in my next post.