In my previous article, Setting the Stage, I highlighted trust as one of the keys to having a team work together successfully. I asked “Do your employees have trust in your leadership team?” – as an abstract question, it’s easy to answer “of course”, but delve a little bit deeper into what behaviors generate trust, and you may find areas of strength or areas to improve.
Here are 6 personal attributes that help others to see us as trustworthy:
- Reliability – you do what you say you’ll do and other people can depend on you to deliver when you make a commitment
- Sincerity – you are sincere and genuine – you mean what you say and you say what you mean
- Fairness – you don’t play favorites, you give everyone the same opportunities, and you are consistent in your actions and decision making
- Transparency – you are honest and open in your communications, you don’t lie or hold back important information, no hidden agendas. When you make decisions you are clear at communicating “why” as well as “what”
- Integrity – you understand what the right thing to do is and you do it, because its right
- Strength of Conviction – you do the right thing, even if it means you must take chances to do so.
If you consistently demonstrate these behaviors when working with your team and encourage others on the team to do so, you’ll find that your team will work confidently in the knowledge that they can trust your vision and each other in their ability to execute it.
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