Trust is an issue we’ve spent quite a bit of class time reading about and discussing. As an educator I feel it is the most important aspect in determining good leadership. Below are links to four different articles that deal with leadership and trust. I find it interesting that many leaders, in and outside of education, have the same ideas about what is vital to leadership: trust.
All four articles discuss the importance of building and earning trust at all levels. While they have different ways of accomplishing that, they pointed out that doing so is not easy and takes lots of work. That hard work of building that foundation of trust – through actions and words, does reap benefits – people who trust you. People who work for you determine and drive your success, and without trust in you and what you are doing, that success may not ever happen.
Some of the articles you may have seen before. The first three are from 2013, and the last – about education – is from 2003. The concept of trust and leadership is not new, but often it is not given enough emphasis. As these articles point out if you don’t give building and maintaining trust the respect and energy it deserves, you may be a leader without trusting followers or any followers at all.
Trust: The Currency of Leadership – Rajeev Peshawaria
The First Things a New Leader Should Do to Build Trust – Marillyn HewsonInfluencer Chairman and CEO at Lockheed Martin
Leadership Skill #1: Build Trust With Anyone – Steve TappinInfluencer CEO Xinfu, Host of BBC CEO Guru & Founder, WorldOfCEOs.com
Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for School Reform – Anthony S. Bryk and Barbara Schneider