When leaders ignore the development of trust, change of any kind is more challenging. Creating trust is essential; a top priority if we intend to lead others out of the status quo, beyond the present, and to the future.
Adapting to change requires trust. Trust is the bedrock that supports change. When trust is strong, your team will demonstrate more adaptability. Trust is the one ingredient in any ministry or business that transforms ambiguity into adventure, fear into courage and change into discovery.
Trust is the one ingredient in any ministry or business that transforms ambiguity into adventure, fear into courage and change into discovery.
As a pastor/leader, I’ve discovered from experience that God is reliable: people, not always! Any leader (Christian or not) understands the disappointment and pain caused when people violate trust. Aside from the personal damage created, leaders who break the bond of trust frustrate the future.
Why? Because the future of your ministry, business, or organization requires trust. I’m not sure who gave this definition, but I think it’s good: “Trust means ‘un-compromised by doubt.’”
Building trust is reciprocal and created incrementally. If we desire others to trust, we must be trustworthy. Relationships committed to building and maintaining trust minimize doubt, inspire change, and encourage adaptability in a fast-paced (and fast-changing) world.
So, here are some questions I’m asking myself:
How do I purposefully implement the fostering of trust in my day-to-day leadership?
Do my actions demonstrate that trust is a priority?
Am I willing to receive honest feedback from those I lead?
Do others feel comfortable sharing with me? If not, why?
Thanks for your leadership.