Building a bridge of trust with your team is one of the greatest responsibilities as a leader. In an overly skeptical world, there seems to be a constant barrage of speculation, cynicism, and mistrust. But, for you as a leader who is genuine and truly leading with a servant's heart, your teams can see that shining bright.
There's a great responsibility with leading. Trust is often long to build but easy to destroy.
That’s the reason that I place trust so high in priority for the values of a high-impact leader. If your team members don’t see alignment between what you say and what you do, trust dies. If your team members see you as being self-serving and inauthentic, trust dies. If your team members see you pursuing your success and neglecting theirs at the same time, trust dies.
John Maxwell shared wisdom we all need to remember. Not everyone you influence will think the same way you do. You have to help them not only believe they can succeed, but also show them that you want them to succeed. How do you do that?
Expect it: People can sense your underlying attitude no matter what you say or do. If you have an expectation for your people to be successful, they will know it. Likewise, if you just don’t care, they will know that too.
Verbalize it: People need to hear you tell them that you believe in them and want them to succeed. Become a positive prophet of their success.
Reinforce it: You can never do too much when it comes to believing in people.
Once people recognize and understand that you genuinely want to see them succeed and are committed to helping them succeed, they will begin to believe they can accomplish anything you need them to do. It’s truly amazing to see what can be accomplished when we’re in it to win it together.