Does Your Team Trust You? Part 2

The Linkedin Discussion

On February 27, 2013, I published a post about establishing trust with your team as a leader.  The topic has generated lively discussions on Linkedin.  So much so, that I wanted to share some of the most insightful remarks with you.  The remarks below were posted within the Executive Suite discussion group:

Willliam D. Anton

Willliam D. Anton •   How power is used in organizations has a lot to do with trust. How much of themselves people can access and how much they are willing to offer is based on trust. Creating harmonious and responsive relationships strengthens the ability to move people. But this requires understanding their perspective and seeing the world through their eyes. Self knowledge introduces objectivity into this process.

Brad Gulbrandson, MBA

Brad Gulbrandson, MBA •    If trust is broken, it is very hard to gain back.  As with children, if they ever do anything wrong or tell a lie, do you believe them the next time?  Typically not without some form of doubt.  To me, trust is about being open and honest with people and admitting when a mistake was made.  I think often, people do not admit a mistake when it is made and when it is made public that a mistake was made. Then if it was not either admitted to, or was covered up in some fashion, this is when trust is broken and the doubt will more than likely always linger between parties.  Trust also relates to credibility, you can not have one without the other in my opinion.

Willliam D. Anton

Willliam D. Anton •   “The last section in Business Success through Self-Knowledge is called The Hall of Mirrors. In that chapter trust is defined as believing in the unproven integrity, ability, and character of another person… based on confidence energized by a high level of self-worth and realistic self-knowledge. Trust can be developed, and it is easier to trust when your confidence level is high. Being trustworthy is the beginning of being able to trust others. ”

Aly Pain

Aly Pain •   I love this article. In some ways it seems so simple and yet with many Executive clients I coach, it all seems quite complicated.  They, mostly baby boomers, are still unwilling to be transparent and authentic and see it as frivolous and weak.  The staff learn to trust over time based on proven results, but not as much on relationship.  I try not to think this is primarily generational but so far, it appears to be.  Not to say the younger generations are perfect, they just seem to get trust building and how important it is.

Daniel Besecker, MBA

Daniel Besecker, MBA •   Sherry, How do leaders establish trust?  In his book Winning, Jack Welch said, “Leaders establish trust with candor, transparency, and credit” (p. 63).

Cheryl Swanson

Cheryl Swanson •   Scott, high-integrity cultures establish core values for operating, such as giving benefit of the doubt to help those who have varying hurdles and personal requirements for trust in the workplace. Superior cultures and leaders (and humans in general) don’t start with distrust, then try to validate it.

Tammy AS Kohl

Tammy AS Kohl •  Trust is critical to leadership success and I agree two important drivers are authenticity and accountability. I also believe that rolling up your selves and working with the team for a desired outcome is equally important.

Joanne McGhee, CPC, ELI-MP

Joanne McGhee, CPC, ELI-MP •  In my past I learned a most valuable lesson from team members and subordinates. I was told that I could lead them anywhere not because I was the easiest leader (high expectations), but because I was a person of my word and therefore they trusted me. They were guarded when leadership flopped back and forth with decisions and appeared dishonest in anyway.


When you have a moment……..


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3 replies

  1. Good article. I am going through a few of these issues
    as well..


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