A recent study found that only 52% of people trust their boss. For a leader, trust works in two ways:
1. You have to be trustworthy in order for people to choose to follow you.
2. You need to be able to trust the people you want to work with.
In order for a leader to be trusted, he or she must consistently instill trust in the individual team members.
For example, when trustworthy leaders decide to do something, they make it clear that they will do what they say they will. They keep their word. That makes them reliable. When people can rely on you to carry out your stated plans or actions, you will be considered trustworthy. If you show your trustworthiness at all times – in front of others, online, and even behind closed doors – people will follow you.
Co-author of The Leadership Mind Switch (McGraw-Hill, 2017)