Do you trust people in your organization? Do they trust you? One of the fundamental skills in leadership is building trust. I believe that it’s essential for people who are aspiring or existing leaders who want to be high level leaders, need to learn how to build trust.
Building trust might seem like something that’s gonna come naturally. You just started working with people and it will come together easily. It’s not as easy as that. If you set the right standards early on, and not just SOPs, where you can support your people, that is going to build trust exponentially and naturally.
Why is trust important?
Trust is a feeling. It can’t be taught as a skill and as any other feeling, it requires time to be developed and earned.
As new leaders join the organization or get promoted into the next level, it gets difficult to build trust. Sometimes, people expect it right away. Rather than expecting it right away, just because you have been given that position, rank, or a title, give it time to develop.
There’s a predominant culture with the way people behave in the workplace and that influences how trust is earned. As a leader, new or an existing one, you can influence workplace climate in a positive way. That will help your people perceive trust better and help you develop it.
There are 3 elements that you can use to build trust in your organization: capability, clarity, and commitment.
Capability in Building Trust
The first one is the capability. As leaders, we need to be capable of doing things, which means that we need to have a certain level of skills. Those skills can be used in our workplace to help people achieve their objectives and goals. It also helps them upgrade their own skills by sharing the knowledge. This in turn can provide additional boost to building trust in the workplace.
Clarity with Leadership
The second key element to building trust is clarity. By demonstrating clarity, you are going to be transparent. You’re going to explain everything that is expected of people and what they can expect from you. This is especially important when it comes to roles and responsibilities or anything else related to building trust as a leader.
Clarity can also help them understand that they can build the relationships that can be more reliable just by displaying that transparency.
It’s also important to admit your mistakes and be vulnerable. It just shows that you’re human.
Commitment to Building Trust
By staying committed to the goal, by staying committed to your people, you will be able to build trust even further. Continuing commitment also translates into long-term relationship building because that commitment stays, and builds a heavy bond. It’s a connecting tissue between you and your people. By staying committed to your people and by providing continuous support, I believe that you can build trust.
How committed are you to people in your organization? Do you know the importance of trust in leadership? Let me know your level of commitment by typing it out in the comments section.
To further develop trust, I would highly recommend that you consider the following guidelines.
How to build trust in a team? Show your people that you trust them. The team members will feel like they belong in that organization even more which will result in greater productivity and motivation. They will be more involved and invested in the company and in their own development.
Provide Additional Resources
Provide additional resources to your team members and be the resourceful person. As a leader, your people will be expecting that you have the information in case that they get stuck somewhere along the way. Keep learning and collecting knowledge as it will be more than just you who will benefit from it.
Deal with Ego
There’s an interesting concept that I learned from one of my favorite authors, Simon Sinek. He often talks about ego. There are two parts of the ego or two ways of looking at ego. The healthy and unhealthy ego. The healthy ego would be: I know I’m good. The unhealthy ego would be: I believe that I’m better than others.
People with healthy ego, even though they know they’re good, they will not be comparing themselves with others. They won’t try to impose themselves onto others. If you are building self-trust before building trust among your peers, this is one of the best ways to approach it. If you trust yourself, you should trust others also and to do that you need to be more open and understanding that you don’t know everything. Remember, ego is the culprit for trust in leadership.
Other thing to include on the list of things that can help develop trust is respect. Show respect to people. You can start showing respect towards their time they invested with you.
Also, respect when your team members are sharing their ideas. Whether you agree with those ideas or not, whether they are producing any results, show that you respect those ideas. In the end, respect people’s opinions. While not everybody is always right, it’s essential that you show them that you do respect the fact that they have shared their opinion. If that opinion is in place or not, you can correct it later but it’s essential that people understand and see that you respect them that way.
Last piece of the puzzle to develop if you want to build trust is support. You need to understand that you must be supportive. When people know that they can count on you, that you will be there to support them all the way through, that builds a sense of connection, which in turn builds trust.
How to Build Trust in the Workplace
Remember, build trust with capability, clarity, and commitment. Develop that trust even further by demonstrating trust, providing additional resources, dealing with ego, showing respect, and showing support.
Do you think building trust is essential in the leadership journey as one of the fundamental leadership skills? Let me know in the comments below and share with fellow leaders the importance of trust in the workplace.
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