Employees who trust their leaders work harder and stay longer.

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Even though some in business call it a “soft skill,” few of us doubt the importance of building trust into human relationships, whether a personal one of parent and child or a professional one between co-workers. Trust is also vital for leaders who need people to believe in them and follow their guidance.

Most of us at one time or another, either personally or professionally, have been is a relationship that lacked or lost trust. Suspicion, negativity and doubt color daily interactions. Time and energy are wasted on unproductive acts of self-protection. Morale and self-confidence dip. We know this and don’t like it. Yet, in the rush of daily life, we can lose sight of the importance of building trust and we can minimize the effect of not having or losing it.

According to Nadidah Coveney of the Forbes Coaches Council, “Trust is important to your career and your company success, but it’s not something that you can gain overnight. It’s not something you can, as folks say, ‘fake it till you make it.’ It takes time and effort. And once it’s gained, you can lose it within a split second.”

From my experience, I believe the simplest way to build trust is to do what you say you are going to do. This article discusses five additional tips that leaders can use to develop trust.

Whether you are a leader or aspiring to be one, these are good tips. Whether these are new to you or they serve as a refresher for self-assessment, they are worth the quick read. Trust is something we can’t become complacent about.

Contact us and we can help you assess your business environment and explore ways to foster and build trust in it.