“Truth and trust…there is only one letter difference. Because one leads to the other.” – Mahatma Ghandi
Want to be the one people remember? Want even more success as leader? Want others to trust you? Want to build trust throughout the organisation?
Then revolutionise your leadership capability – find, speak and live your truth.
The Value of Trust
Building trust in relationships and organisations is often mischaracterised as a soft skill primarily focused on creating warm and fuzzy relationships with employees. The reality is trust has hard, bottom-line benefits for organisations.
The “Building Workplace Trust 2014/15” report states only 40 percent of employees have a high level of trust in their management and organisation. Recent research states that while employees said trust in their bosses and senior leadership is critical to be effective in their jobs, 25 percent reported lower levels of trust in those two groups than they did two years before. Statistics are trending in the wrong direction.
The simple Leadership-Trust Paradigm
“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” ― Isaac Newton
Trust doesn’t come easy, however, and it doesn’t happen by accident. It’s a characteristic of advanced leadership that leaders must continually work to maintain.
Leadership can be a complex endeavor— but it doesn’t have to be. People tend to make things more convoluted than they need to be. Go to Amazon.com and search for the word “leadership.” More than 180,000 entries will come up.
Some believe that to be a successful leader, they need to find the magical keys, take the right steps, follow the proper laws, figure out the dysfunctions, embrace the challenge, ascend the levels or discover the ancient wisdom. In other words, overcomplicate things.
What if successful leadership isn’t really that complicated?
What if there is just one thing — not a title, power or position — that determines whether people follow a leader? Simply just…trust.
It’s the foundation of any successful, healthy and thriving relationship. Without it, leadership is doomed. Creativity is stifled, innovation grinds to a halt, and reasoned risk-taking is abandoned.
Without trust, your teams check in their hearts and minds at the door, leaving managers with staff who have quit mentally and emotionally but stayed on the payroll, sucking precious resources from the organisation.
Trust simultaneously acts as the bonding agent that holds everything together and as the lubricant that keeps things moving smoothly. Stephen M.R. Covey, author of “Speed of Trust,” said that while high trust won’t necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one.
Truth is the Missing Link in building Trust
When leaders find, speak and live their truth – their story, they become believable. They act with integrity because they are living their truth. They are connected as a human being. They have a clear set of values they live by. They show concern for people, which when executed from a place of their own truth then trust flourishes. They become more able, demonstrating their capacity and inspiring confidence in others.
When leaders find, speak and live their truth all things are possible. Energy, progress, productivity and ingenuity flourish. Commitment, engagement, loyalty and excellence become more than empty words in a company mission statement; they become reality.
How do I find, speak and live my Truth?
It starts with you. Using our Truthful Leadership Model you will:
- Discover your unique truth – your personal story.
- Realise the power your truth has for building the right kind of trust to lead, motivate, guide, influence and engage others.
- Build a strategy for speaking and living your truth fully and authentically, to build real trusting relationships.
It would be an oversimplification to state that trust is the only requirement for leadership success. Leadership is a complex recipe that requires many ingredients, but trust is the must-have factor.
Finding, speaking and living your truth will ensure you have it.