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Setting the template: What does it take to get your employees to trust you?

Trust is one of the cornerstones of any successful business because it runs through every single relationship. But many business leaders don’t bother with these all-important aspects but rather think that it’s better for them to lead from the front and bark orders at employees.

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Every business leader is always looking to develop. Whether they’re looking to be a better leader or someone who their employees can look up to, it all boils down to one simple thing: trust.

Trust is one of the cornerstones of any successful business because it runs through every single relationship. But many business leaders don’t bother with these all-important aspects but rather think that it’s better for them to lead from the front and bark orders at employees. But if you don’t have your employees’ trust, you are not going to get very far.

What does it take to get your employees to really trust you?

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Provide A Safety Net

Trust is this all-important human aspect, but we have to remember that there are going to be aspects of the business that you need to have in place to ensure that your employees trust your abilities. Much like any painter needs a paintbrush and canvas, a leader needs to ensure that they have the right safety net in place. In other words, having the right technology to protect the business from attacks is crucial. Whether this is a Mikrotik VPS or ensuring that you give the employees what they need to work better, when you provide this all-important safety net your employees will be able to do their job thoroughly. It’s something that they shouldn’t be asking you for; you have to provide it without them prompting you.

Consistency

Doing what you say is of the utmost importance. This will inspire trust in your employees. But you have to go beyond this. Consistently doing what you say will build trust over time. If you are someone who occasionally keeps their promises this is going to make for a very shaky foundation. This means that you’ve got to be committed as a key component of your behavior. If you are someone who operates with a cloak and dagger approach, don’t be surprised if somebody uncovers this quickly and you lose all trust within the organization. You have to be honest in your dealings but you’ve got to be consistent as well.

Incorporate Accountability

It’s important to encourage honest dialogue between every employee but you have to make sure that you are accountable when you make a mistake. If you acknowledge your mistakes as much as you would your successes, people will view you as a credible person. You can incorporate this by building processes that will eventually become part of the business culture. For example, you can evaluate projects from the positives to the negatives and when these aspects become part of the business fabric you are able to nurture this properly. On Gallup, there is an article that highlights what we should all do. If everybody was someone who tried to cover up their mistakes there is no accountability but there is no learning either. 

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Trust boils down to everything that you do. You are the person in charge which means that you set the template in a professional and personal sense. Look to the people you admire and what is it about them that inspires such an effective company? It’s the never-ending desire to change themselves for the better.

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