Trust is a word that is thrown around a lot in friendships and relationships. In these situations, it is clear what trust looks like. There is a level of intimacy that helps to define what trust does and does not look like. When we speak of trust in terms of educational leadership, we must ask ourselves “What does trust look like here?” Our colleagues are not always people that we will share personal secrets with, so building trust in this regard looks, feels, and acts differently.
In schools, trust needs to be more vocal. There should be respect that one can audibly grasp from a leader’s interaction with followers. Trust needs to be punctual. In a school, time is precious and when a leader indicates that other matters are more important than the teachers and students by missing a meeting, rescheduling an observation, etc., it is counteractive to building trust.
Trust should be vulnerable, it should ask for help and it should ask for opinions. Trust must be honest, it should provide praise and constructive criticism in the same breath. Trust must listen and realize that listening is often a lost art.
Above all, trust must be self-aware. How do you measure if you are a trustworthy person? What do you need improvement in to ensure that you are capable of creating lasting trust in a leadership situation?
Take a step back and consider taking the self-assessment in the article linked below.