Who is The Trusted Leader? Consider how trust inside an organization might translate into gaining the confidence of outside clients and customers.
Trust is an intangible asset, much the same as a quality culture is intangible – yet, it is also very useful to begin thinking of trust as an “outcome” that results from very tangible goals and actions.
There is no doubt that there are many concrete benefits to an organization from having trusted leadership at the helm and throughout its ranks.
For instance, when there is a culture of trust people more freely express themselves. With more open dialogue, the quality of the available information increases exponentially.
"To become a trusted supervisor or leader is a great compliment that you must take careful measure to protect at all costs."
When trust is present people are more likely to voice concern and participate in an open debate to come to the best conclusion, which benefits everyone involved as well as the organization.
When trust is lacking, there tends to be more meetings behind closed doors, which creates a sense of secrecy and even conspiracy among the team members.
The Trusted Leader provides insight on how to more quickly ignite passion into the workforce. People want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They will go to great lengths to ensure success when they have fully committed themselves to a leader whom they can fully trust.
A leader that has the trust of his workforce is able to keep the team more focused. We will each go to great lengths to never lose the respect of someone we also respect. The reverse is also true.
Creativity will flourish in an organization where there is trust in leadership. When people no longer feel like they need to be extremely careful about what they say and how they say it; when they no longer worry over appearing too anxious or too much at ease in front of their supervisor, creativity is a natural by-product.
Best of all, trusted leadership is absolutely contagious, and you most definitely want everyone to catch this bug! Just as fear, worry, anxiety and self-doubt can become a habit that is highly destructive to a team, TRUST can be a more positive habit a team, and an entire organization, can acquire and benefit from.
When you sit back and really think about it, so many additional benefits come from the existence of trust in leadership. In addition to making more money because your people are more productive in a trusting environment, think of the money saved with higher employee retention rates. How much easier will it be to recruit and retain new employees to your team? How much better will the quality of your product improve with a highly experienced and engaged workforce?
Trust in leadership takes many forms: Strategic, Organizational and Personal. This book walks you step by step through the entire subject.
While trusted leadership may look a little different in every organization, there is no doubt that its many benefits are universal.
The authors provide a blueprint for regaining, developing and maintaining trust in leadership. Chapters in The Trusted Leader include, but are not limited to, the following:
"Leaders know that trust is like a fragile antique.. once the object has been scarred or broken, though you can retouch or attempt fix it, the valuable antique will never be same."
Highly established leadership experts are giving praise to this wonderful book. They are quick to acknowledge how trust directly impacts the bottom line results of every organization.
We encourage our readers to add this book to their personal leadership library.
Robert M. Galford, is a managing partner of the Center for Executive Development in Boston and has taught executive education programs at Columbia University, The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and Harvard University.
Anne Seibold Drapeau, is chief people officer of Boston-based Digitas and has held management positions at Pepsi, J.P.Morgan, and FTD.
"Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great."- Ralph Waldo Emerson