Trust is one of, if not the most, important commodities you have as a business owner.
With clients, undoubtedly. But, it’s just as important to your staff.
It takes a long time to build, but only seconds to destroy
Hence, it’s importance.
Here are 5 sure-fire ways to build trust as the leader of your business:
1. ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FAULTS
– Research shows that nothing builds a young child’s self-esteem more than when their parent (or parent figure/guardian) acknowledges their wrong doing’s and admits to being wrong. 🚼
– By acknowledging your faults, those you lead feel congruency with how you relate and what they see in reality. Trust naturally increases as a result.
– Ownership of what’s yours (both good and bad) is the simplest of methods toward building lasting trust with those you lead.
2. ASK FOR HELP
– The idea that good leaders “have it all together” and always have the answer is a complete falsehood that entraps and cripples leaders.
– By asking for help you show those you lead that you value their input and experience in a given arena/topic/situation.
– Furthermore, when you receive help from those you lead, you demonstrate that you trust them. Thus, trust is reciprocated. 🔄
3. DEMONSTRATE QUIET STRENGTH
– Reactivity and acting out in anger are signs of weakness. They also make you unpredictable and being unpredictable makes you difficult to trust.
– It’s been one of my main focus areas in my personal growth for some time, so I’m basing my conclusions on my own experience.
– Quiet strength is the ability to stand firm in your own boundaries while accepting and respecting those of others.
– It’s that skill that allows you to focus on what others need because you are solidified in who you are.
– It doesn’t seek to be validated for coming to the need of another, which is felt by those you lead as more of a transaction then genuine concern.
4. CONFIDENT IN YOUR SKILLS
– If you’re good at something, own it! There’s nothing wrong with being confident. Issues arise with arrogance.
– Confidence in your abilities as a business owner and leader draw others to you. It would be difficult to trust a leader that doesn’t show confidence in their abilities.
– Confidence in your skills, rather than arrogance, also allows you to be able to acknowledge your faults, ask for help, and demonstrate quiet strength.
5. ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH
– This should go without saying. If trust is the commodity, honesty is the currency
– Good leaders are trustworthy because those they lead know without a doubt that what they say is true.
– Trust is easier when we know the one we are trusting is, and always has been, honest.
Being a good leader and getting the best out of those you lead requires trust.
When your staff trusts you, they go to battle for you!
Be vigilant about building trust and on the alert for the things that destroy it.
P.S. F3 Academy, which is a complete system for leading, managing, and scaling a team can help you develop the skills for building trust and leading a great team.
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