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Are you building high trust as a leader?

Welcome to week three of our 3-month series called: 


Learn the 3-pillars of leadership success.

Today is the last day we will focus on the first pillar, “Know yourself.” We will discuss how you can build trust and credibility as a leader.

Would you like to have high-trust relationships across your organization?

If so, building these high-trust relationships requires some work!

It requires that you demonstrate “trustworthy” behaviors consistently over time. 

For example, one “trustworthy” behavior is to keep your commitments.

This means you can’t keep your commitments once and expect your colleagues to trust you forever more! Instead, you must keep your commitments consistently to demonstrate to your colleagues that you are reliable.

Creating high-trust relationships with your team results in a more positive workplace experience for everyone. When they trust and respect you, their leader, your team’s stress will decrease, and their productivity will increase.

In fact, Accenture recently conducted research that indicates that “people in high-trust companies experience 74% less stress.”

So, building trust as a leader is not fluffy.

Building trust is good for businessIt’s good for business. 

What can you do to ensure that you are building high-trust relationships as a leader?  

Here are 5 proven ways to build high trust:

  1. Lead by example. If you expect your team to be on time, you must be on time first.
  2. Do what you say you are going to do. Following up on your commitments is 100% critical to building and maintaining trust in any relationship.
  3. Be transparent and honest with one another. Avoiding feedback or difficult conversations mitigates trust and creates tension in a relationship. Be courageous and give honest, transparent feedback to your team.
  4. Own your mistakes. Admit when you are wrong. Never blame another person or another team. Taking responsibility for your actions will help to build your credibility across your organization.
  5. Be respectful all of the time. This point seems like a given, but some leaders feel it’s okay to behave poorly and apologize. This behavior only creates tension and uncertainty in relationships.

As a leader, your goal is to focus on leveraging these 5 behaviors consistently over time.  

So here is your formula for success moving forward.

Consistent behaviour = trusting relationships = high-performing teams!

After all, a team without trust isn’t really a team. Rather, it’s a group of individuals working together. When people trust one another…this is when your results flourish.

Personal growth and “knowing yourself” are not “nice to have” for leaders; they are necessary for the success of your team and your business. 

Ready for some one-on-one coaching to develop a high-trust, high-performing team?

Reach out any time at

By the way, do you have any colleagues or team members that could benefit from this 3-month series?

If so, send them this article. They are welcome to register here.

Vanessa Judelman

Vanessa Judelman is an author, coach, and sought-after leadership expert. Over the past 20 years, she has created a proven formula to develop results-oriented leaders who feel empowered and confident in their job. Vanessa is the author of Mastering Leadership: What It Takes to Lead in Today’s Fast-Paced World. Order your copy here.

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