Leadership Minute: Are You Building Trust?


To be successful as a leader your employees must know that they can trust you. Without trust, you do not have the ability to influence others. –Elizabeth Stincelli

The issue is old as time but has never been more relevant. Your success as a leader is grounded and rooted in trust. Let’s be clear; leadership is not a popularity contest. Leaders have to make hard, and often time, unpopular decisions. But as unpopular as some decisions may be for the leader the decision by employees to stick with his or her leader should not be. While any given decision may not have gone as they had hoped, they will stick with a leader they can trust. At the end of the day that is the most important thing. Building trust speaks of your integrity but it also speaks of your longevity. If you can’t be trusted you won’t be around for long. Build your leadership on trust and everything else will fall into place.


About dougdickerson

I am Certified Leadership Trainer, author, columnist, and speaker. Husband to Alicia, father to Katelyn and Kara, and "Pop" to terrific grandson Tyson. I am an avid photographer, love the outdoors, and like to travel. I'm passionate about sharing my leadership insights and helping people reach their full potential.
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3 Responses to Leadership Minute: Are You Building Trust?

  1. Pingback: Leadership Minute: Are You Building Trust? | lizstincelli

  2. “Trust is the residue of promised fulfilled” (my friend Frank Navran), so you cannot simply focus on building trust to have all things fall into place. That makes little sense. Trust is about BEHAVIOR. Trust is about commitments and often about generating alignment to shared (and supported) goals.

    The simple related issue is this one: “We judge ourselves by our intentions. We judge others by their behavior.”

    So, step back from the wagon and get some good perspective on how things work; how things REALLY work.


  3. Pingback: Leadership Minute: Are You Building Trust? | Gino984's Blog

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