10 Ways Business Leaders Can Build Trust

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6)    Take Risks:

Do not take foolish risks but take risks that get you out of your comfort zone.

Your willingness to take risks and learn from those risks can be inspiring and being inspiring often builds the rapport that develops trust.

7)    Share:

Share what you value, what risks you take, what you learn, what you need and more.

This can build interest and demonstrate your openness, another quality that inspires trust. What you share must be genuine but it need not be fully formed. Sharing your thought processes, experiences and ideas, even if you change your mind demonstrates transparency.

No, you do not need to share every random thought or idea, remember point two, strategic self-disclosure

8)    Be Innovative in Relationship Building.

Just as a leader should be innovative in business you can be innovative in building relationships.

Create genuine opportunities for leadership by, remember point 6, taking risks in personal relationships. Talk to people you may not normally talk with, invite people you do not normally interact with to join you for a walk or hike, spend a day working or observing employees working the front lines, lead an employee Yoga class.

9)    Make Plans Towards Your Goals.

Leaders may be spontaneous and flexible but they almost always have a purpose, goal and a plan. Share many of your goals and engage others in your progress.

Be open to adjusting your goals but keep your higher purpose in mind. Inspirational leaders whom people follow often believe they are working towards a purpose. This higher purpose need not be a ‘higher purpose’ but a purpose that requires leadership.

10)  Care About Others:

True leaders do not only care about themselves or the bottom line.

To take on the responsibility of leading others and to do it well you must make the commitment to care about others wellbeing. Challenge others to invest in their own goals and plans. Showing compassion for others does not mean sacrificing your business needs at the expense or others, it means demonstrating that others matter as part of the process. People follow leaders when they believe those leaders are vested in helping them succeed.

Do not feel that as a leader you must go it alone. Working with a trusted mentor or advisor or brining in a coach and consultant can be very useful part of developing and sustaining leadership. Finding others to bounce ideas off, point out other options and perspectives and provide support can strengthen leadership.

As a leader building trust is not a one shot deal. Over time consider and explore each of these components, and re-visit them frequently especially during times of transition or complacency.
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About the author

Tara Orchard

Tara Orchard is a coach, trainer, consultant and writer who applies her insights into people and Masters training in psychology to facilitate performance improvements, relationships and communication for people and businesses. She has worked with organizations to deliver clarity on culture and brand, develop their people and manage relationships with social network communities.  Over the past 18 years she has consulted with 1000's of people who want to make effective transitions in their lives. Tara has a knack for hearing what people are thinking and helping them see what they need to see. She is the founder of her own career and social network coaching business, works with several other organizations as a coach and consultant and is about to complete her first book on the "psychology of effective social networking". Tara invites you to connect with her on LinkedIn .