By Salma Sakhnini
Many company leaders are quick to believe that their titles will gain them the trust of others. However, leaders must show that they have the knowledge and skill set to deserve to be trusted. A business’s success is parallel to the trust associated to the leader of that business. The leader can earn the trust and respect of others by developing certain strengths and skills. These skills will not only bring the company closer together as a team but cause more success within the organization because of the increase in confidence in their leader.
Character is the foundation of a strong, dependable human being. In life, doing the right thing rather than solely doing the easy thing speaks volumes. A leader with strong character will step in and get things done – they must deliver results. The team members want assurances that their hard work has paid off to be a success.
As a leader, you must be able to deliver effective results at the end of the day. You cannot just talk a great talk; your employees want assurances that their hard work has equaled a total success.
Leaders must have compassion in their business, but also compassion for others.
Never underestimate honesty or true caring about other people. Caring about your team and their welfare will build trust with others and secure healthy relationships within your team.
BE CLEAR & BE CONCISE
A leader needs to clearly communicate the expectations and assignments in order for the team to succeed. Disappointment occurs when information is cloudy and unclear. Good business leaders are able to successfully relay their needs when they have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely. Being clear and concise allows the leader to meet the desired goals and productivity levels.
SHOW YOU ARE AN EXPERT IN YOUR FIELD
In order to gain and obtain the confidence of your team, you must prove to them that you are fully capable of leading them in all business aspects. The only way a leader can truly shine in experience is by constantly learning and developing themselves. Humility is an attitude that will carry you a very long way. The opposite will only destroy your reputation and stunt your growth and that would be a shame.
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
People trust people that show knowledge, experience and truth. Whether it is a member of your team or a consumer, no one wants to join someone who cannot be trusted. Consumers buying your product will only do so if they trust you. Leaders who are surrounded by good friends and show a genuine passion for their business will gain loyalty and trust.
People trust people who make commitment and are willing to make sacrifices for the good of all. JFK was a very well loved president by many and that was because of his determination to commit to freedom and liberty. As a leader within your company, it is necessary for you to honor your commitments and stand by your word.
No one wants to be lead by someone who is constantly changing the game plan midway through a project or business campaign. Not only is it annoying, but it frustrates those around them. It shows unprofessionalism and causes the team to give up and move on somewhere else. Small activities that must be carried out every day are much bigger than you think.
Recognizing someone’s efforts, going beyond their job descriptions or just consistently delivering excellent work must be recognized. Those being recognized will never forget it!
“Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.” – M. Twain
Leaders are not going to gain trust by simply getting a degree and a great title. Trust must be earned and it is built over time. Great leaders are formed out of the little things they do each day. A great leader spends the majority of their lives working for win-win to gain the trust and respect of their team.
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