Human relationships thrive on trust. And while it's important for leaders to trust their employees, a productive and successful organization is one in which the employees trust their leaders.
Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, writes in a recent Inc.com post that "the best company cultures, where collaboration is humming and the needle is moving on performance, demonstrate a high degree of trust."
How is this trust developed? Schwantes writes that it starts with those we've placed in leadership positions. He cites Fortune's annual study of "best companies," which found that 92 percent of employees at those companies believe that their managers are people they can trust.
"Trust," he writes, "is the human behavior you cannot afford not to have." Schwantes lists five leadership habits that lead to trust. They include:
- Be willing to trust and believe in your people first.
- Lead from humility, not hubris.
- Give the team the credit.
- Seek input.
- Share information.
There is not a one-size-fits-all mold when it comes to developing trust – it's a continuous learning experience. However, if you are not displaying any of the above-listed items on a daily basis, then trust is likely not existent in your workplace.
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