12 Laws of Leadership: Law of Trust
Let’s chat about leadership, the Law of Trust and how you can become a better leader.
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.
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.
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:
- Self-trust – How well do you trust yourself and your ability to lead?
- 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.
- Trust in life and the process of life – How well do you trust that everything happens for us?
- 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
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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