Maybe 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.