By Linda Fisher Thornton
Trustworthy leaders know how to create a workplace where everyone is valued, where leadership is sincere and respectful, and where great work can get done. How do they do it? What is it in particular that trustworthy leaders do?
These 10 things are on my list of the things trustworthy leaders do. What else would you add?
What Do Trustworthy Leaders Do?
- Lead With Positive Values (In Every Situation)
- Acknowledge Complexity (And Help People Deal With It)
- Demonstrate and Expect Respectful Behavior (Even When It’s a Challenge)
- Know Their Own Mindsets and Assumptions (And Be Willing to Change Them)
- Show People They Care (In Big and Small Ways)
- Think Long Term (Always Doing What’s Most Ethical in the Long Run)
- Extend an Open Invitation to Talk (About Ethics, About Bad News, About Good News)
- Show They Care (About People and the Success of the Group)
- Communicate Clear Ethical Values (And Live Them Every Day)
- Contribute to the Well-Being of Those They Lead (Including Reducing Stress)
Trustworthy leaders also regularly weed out negative behaviors that erode the trust within the group. This careful tending lets the trust they plant and the groups they lead flourish. Your challenge? See how many of these “10 Things Trustworthy Leaders Do” you can do today.
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