Are you trustworthy? Follow these steps and see:
- Make a list of all the things you can think of that a manager (past or present) has done or said that has made you trust him/her.
- Make a list of all the things you can think of that the manager has done or said that made you distrust him/her. Don't just write the opposite of the words above describing trust. Really think about the big issues for you.
- Take a look at what makes you trust a leader. Have you done at least three of the things on that list in the past 6 months?
- Take a look at what makes you distrust a leader. Have you done at least three of the things on that list in the past 6 months?
Chances are you've answered yes to both questions. Trust is delicate. It takes a great deal to win and is very quickly lost. Guard and nurture your trusting relationships carefully. And remember, we're all human! We're bound to make mistakes, but if trust is strong, undermining behaviors can be justified or ignored. If trust is tenuous, the slightest misstep will lead to distrust.