10 Things Trustworthy Leaders Know…

By Linda Fisher Thornton

This week the Alliance of Trustworthy Business Experts from Trust Across America-Trust Around the World is holding a social media awareness campaign called #Trustgiving2014, In support of that campaign, I am featuring 10 posts about what it means to be a trustworthy leader. They include individual actions and organizational commitments that build trust. I hope you enjoy them!

Trustworthy Leaders Know That…

1. In a High-Trust Workplace, Everyone is Valued

2. Trust is Relational

3. Trust Building Requires Trust-Giving

4. Ethics and Trust Are Reciprocal

5. Trust Depends As Much On What You “Take Out” As What You “Put In”

6. Values are the Anchor

7. We Have to Trust to Be Trusted

8. Toxic Leadership Erodes Trust

9. Trust Building is Part of Building an Ethical Culture

10. We Build Trust When We Take Responsibility

Today, look for ways to actively protect the trust relationship in your organization.



We believe that ethics, integrity and trust are critical to our success.

…But what are we doing to clarify them, to anchor our work to them, to teach our organizations how to apply them?

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C-Suite Leaders: Are You Using the Global Principles for Responsible Business?

Beyond complying with laws and regulations, what should C-Suite leaders be doing about ethical leadership and responsible business practices? CEOs, CLOs, CHROs and other C-Suite leaders should be working together to ensure that every leader is doing business responsibly and ethically. But what does “doing business responsibly and ethically” look like in today’s global economy? In our interconnected working world, where each economy affects all others around the world, ethical business practices need to be thought about more broadly than ever before.

Events like the 2009 global financial crisis have highlighted the necessity of sound ethical practices across the business world. Such failures of governance and ethics cannot be tolerated as they seriously tarnish the positive contributions of responsible business to higher standards of living and the empowerment of individuals around the world.

Trust and confidence sustain free markets and ethical business practices provide the basis for such trust and confidence.

The Caux Roundtable: Moral Capitalism for a Better World, Principles for Responsible Business

C-Suite leaders need to learn about the Global “Principles for Responsible Business”  that  are the current best thinking about ethical business practices. The Principles “are the product of collaboration between executives from Europe, Japan, and the United States… The Principles are recognized by many as the most comprehensive statement of responsible business practice ever formulated by business leaders for business leaders.”  Caux Round Table: Moral Capitalism for a Better World, History of the Caux Roundtable (CRT)

The self-interested pursuit of profit, with no concern for other stakeholders, will ultimately lead to business failure and, at times, to counterproductive regulation. Consequently, business leaders must always assert ethical leadership so as to protect the foundations of sustainable prosperity.

The Caux Roundtable: Moral Capitalism for a Better World, Principles for Responsible Business

The Principles for Responsible Business are available free online. Caux Round Table Principles for Responsible Business. How can you use them to build a more responsible organization? Make responsible business  the minimum standard in your organization:

1. Discuss  the “Principles for Responsible Business” with other key leaders

2. Together, determine how your organization can more fully comply with the principles

3. Teach leaders what it means to comply with the principles within your organization

4. Include discussions about ethical and responsible behavior in regular meetings and problem-solving sessions

5. Hold leaders at all levels accountable for following the principles, and for teaching their employees to do the same

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For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?
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