Trust is an act. It is the precursor for surrender. Surrender is letting go and it is in letting go that leaders find their greatest fulfillment and freedom. This approach to leadership is one that many leaders in organizations are either not yet aware of or are aware of but are not quite sure just how to demonstrate. Many leaders for the most part can be quite articulate in speaking to the benefits of developing teams. Thy will speak at great length about trust being the strongest ingredient necessary for having a team that functions with a high level of resonance. Yet, they micromanage or under-manage their direct reports- both being evidence of low trust.
Micromanaging is quickly evident in its low trust rating, but you may wonder how does under managing direct reports relates to trust? At the core of trust is the belief or value you hold near and dear that everyone has the potential to be their best. You will have to see this potential and trust your belief by taking action. Under managing direct reports, leaving them to figure out things on their own, not ensuring they are properly resourced, trained and coached- and only stepping in when things go wrong-is a sign of you not trusting your belief in their potential.
Yet one of the most powerful choices you can make in your daily work life is to trust your direct reports. This trust is what you will deliberately use to set the emotional tone and realities of your team. It is these emotional realities your team will use to govern them.
How as a leader do you demonstrate trust to your direct reports?
What you believe and value should guide you to know what to do for your team members so they resonate as a team. The practice of daily reflection will get you closer to developing the act of trust. You will first need to be clear about your personal values as well as those of your organization. If these two don’t gel you will have a difficult time demonstrating trust. Build your trust by reflecting on the questions below each day?
- What is one value you hold near and dear at home and work?
- Why is this value important to you?
- How did you demonstrate this value today?
- What did you do to demonstrate this is not a value near and dear to you?
Journaling your answers to the above 3 simple questions will support your building of trust in your work and personal relationships. This simple act is the beginning of your sense of freedom and fulfillment.
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