You don’t win trust, you EARN it.

congress-approval-ratings-are-underwaterMaybe I’m the type of person who gives the gift of trust until you prove me wrong. Or possibly the reverse: no trust – until it’s earned. We all bring our trust ‘rules’ to life. We also bring a set of expectations. We expect leaders to be trustworthy.  So what does that mean?

Trustworthy means that a person has demonstrated behaviors that are consistent with my expectations.  I expect leaders to put aside their egos. To listen, reflect and take the best course of action. I expect them to reach across their network to leverage talent to help make good decisions. I expect them to have character so strong that we would want our children to model that behavior. I expect leaders to have vision and courage so intense that they would admit they are wrong and quickly set a new direction.



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