The Law of Trust

12 Laws of Leadership: Law of Trust

12 Laws of Leadership: Law of Trust

Let’s chat about leadership, the Law of Trust and how you can become a better leader.

The Law of Trust Your capacity to lead expands through trust. Click To Tweet

 

Why Leadership?

                                        

 Why is leadership so important? There are three primary reasons.

 

 First, leadership is required for long-term business success and sustainability.

Second, people buy into the leader first, and then they buy into the vision.

Third, leadership is important because the key to employ engagement, to customer loyalty, and ultimately profit starts and ends with leadership.

3 Reasons Leadership is Important

12 Laws of Leadership

I created these 12 Laws of Leadership as a way for leaders to learn and embody what it really takes to lead from within and to lead others. Each of these 12 Laws of Leadership represent a critical component required for world-class leadership and ultimately, world-class and long-term business success.

 

The Law of Trust and the 4×4 Trust Model

The first Law of Leadership is the TRUST. This is the foundation for everything.  Your capacity to lead expands through trust. Character makes trust possible, and trust makes leadership possible. There are four foundations of trust and four types of trust. The four foundations of trust are competence, connection, character, and integrity. These four things make up trust. Let’s take each one of those briefly.

 

 

Trust Model

 

  The first foundation of trust is competence. How well do you know your stuff? Are you knowledgeable? Do you know what it is that you are teaching?

The second foundation of trust is connection. How well are you truly building relationships, building connections that matter and showing people you care?

The third foundation of trust is character. That is really all about are you consistent and congruent with your values, are you acting and speaking consistently with your values and your beliefs.

The fourth foundation of trust is Integrity. This is about your word. Your word is your bond and doing what you say you’re going to do. It’s really who you are… who you are at the core.

The Four Types of Trust

Then there’s four types of trust.  The four types of trust are:

  1. Self-trust – How well do you trust yourself and your ability to lead?
  2. Trusting others – How well do you trust others? If you have a challenge trusting others it generally comes back to a lack of self-trust.
  3. Trust in life and the process of life – How well do you trust that everything happens for us?
  4. Trusting God, Source, Universe… whatever you call it.   

  The four foundations of trust and the four types of trust work together congruently and interdependently.

Personal Story About Trust

 There was a point where I was so overwhelmed. I had health issues. I had issues with my kids. I had issues with my wusband (ex-husband).  I had deadlines with my career and had all kinds of things happening at once. There was a period of time where I was canceling appointments right and left and I was really unable to fulfill my obligations… the things that I was saying yes to.

I was eroding my trust. It can take years to build trust and seconds to erode. It can take years to build trust and seconds to erode. Click To Tweet I had to really get clear about what was important to me, how I wanted to invest my time, what I valued, and work to repair the trust that was damaged as a result of my overbooking myself and wanting to be everything for everybody. What I really needed to do was to be there for myself first.

 

It’s Your Turn

12 Laws of Leadership

 

 

 

 

My challenge for you is with regard to the law of trust is to identify where in your life you might out of integrity. Where in your life might you be out of character?  Are you saying yes to things that you really should be saying no to? Are you unable to fulfill your commitments to others as a result of your lack of boundaries and your overbooking yourself and saying yes to things you should say no to? Most importantly, are you in alignment with who you are and what you value? Remember,  you’ve got to be there for yourself first before you can be there for others.

 The Law of Trust is a part of leading from within. I challenge you to find an area where you can strengthen your competence, your connection, your character, your integrity and comment below with your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tandy Elisala

Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness
Tandy is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs to lead their business like a rockstar CEO. Tandy has studied, taught, led, coached and spoken for over 30 years in the fields of leadership, human resources and life success. She helped the University of Phoenix grow and scale from 13k - 480k students while saving millions in costs and having one of the most highly engaged team across the organization. Tandy spent 25 years as a corporate executive, 10 years as a faculty member and successful entrepreneur and did all this while kicking cancer's butt 4 times. Tandy is spiritual woo-woo with a 5-point business plan wrapped into one. She is a 6-time bestselling author and a mom. She believes to expand your impact, legacy and influence, you must learn how to scale as you grow, lead high performing teams and lead yourself. This is key to making more money, saving precious time, having creative flexibility and serving the world the way only you can.

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26 replies
  1. Lorii Abela
    Lorii Abela says:

    Trust is the foundation of any relationship. We are always practice it everyday whether aware or unaware. I think one of the biggest challenge is trying to regain trust so one should be careful about one says to maintain integrrity

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Absolutely, Lorii. Knowing how to regain trust is crucial. It takes awhile to build trust and can be eroded in a moment. Always coming from a place of integrity and win-win has always been my operating model.

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  2. Jennifer Quisenberry
    Jennifer Quisenberry says:

    The thing that really resonated for me was when you said that people buy into the leader before they accept the vision. That is so true. If someone comes across as hokey, inexperienced, or even desperate, those are red flags to me. I’m willing to overlook somethings that might otherwise bother me in a leader if I’m met with sincere confidence rather than grandstanding or arrogance, competence, and charisma.
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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Jennifer, you raise great points here about this topic. When someone comes across as hokey or desperate, that is a red flag. For sure… this is part of building smart trust with others. Leaders need to have the full package to have and extend trust. This speaks to the need for all leaders to be authentic and vulnerable. This is what connects us to each other.

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  3. Geniece Brown
    Geniece Brown says:

    Hi Tandy,

    Trust is truly foundational and super important. I agree that it can take years to build and mere seconds to destroy. I’ve been in the position of over-committing myself before too. I love that you took a step back and realized that you needed to be there for yourself first.

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Geniece, thanks for your comments. I appreciate your insights. Stepping back and recognizing we need to be there for ourselves first helps make us better leaders for others.

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  4. Apolline Adiju
    Apolline Adiju says:

    This is an interesting piece. I have trust issues and find it difficult to trust people. I am always skeptical at what people tell me except I have proves. I know is not good and have been working on that. I love the way you classified it. It makes it easy to understand

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Hi Sonya, sometimes it’s through our tough learning experiences that can make us better managers and leaders. Once we know better, we generally want to do better. I’m glad you’ve nailed trust!

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Amen, Tamuria! Especially to show our little grandkids (and kids) in our life the importance of trust.

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Thank you for your kind comments, Robin. I appreciate it. You hit the nail on the head… If we can’t trust a leader, we can’t follow them… or we WON’T follow them.

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  5. Candess M Campbell
    Candess M Campbell says:

    It is so refreshing to read this Tandy. Trust is so important and for me integrity is the precursor to trust. We need more leaders who practice high standards and values. It would be great if more followers had these values too!
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  6. Dina Marais
    Dina Marais says:

    I loved the article. I found it succinct in describing such a complex concept. I found myself going back and forth checking how the foundations and and types of trust cross reference.

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  7. Alicia
    Alicia says:

    This article is perfect, I’m sure that most can identify with everything that has been stated. There’s so much to comment upon, but I want to emphasize how much I loved how you broke down the four areas of trust and also how you invited the readers to ask themselves if they feel out of character or integrity with who they are/core values. This is so important for leaders to take the time out to do deep reflection of those questions.

    I always enjoy your personal stories and how it truly authenticates your passion to want to show people how they can overcome any challenges to find joy and purpose just like you have no matter what. I will be sharing this article on many social media platforms.

    Thanks again for always inspiring greatness in others.

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