Trust, but Verify
A leader is the focal point of every power structure; he is responsible to keep the group together with interpersonal relations and to maintain the momentum in order to achieve goals. “Leadership is the process by which an executive imaginatively directs, guides and influences the work of others in attaining specified goals.” — Theo Haiman. A leader needs to have TRUST with the intention of keeping the followers intact and loyal.
A leader can only empower his followers by gaining their trust and trusting them in return. Trust is a major building block in becoming a successful leader, as trust gives rise to great relations within an organization and outside too. Trust also makes communication better because people can share whatever they feel like with their leader and can be sure of the confidentiality of that matter. We all have to remember that like communication, trust is also a two-way process as Lao Tzu once said, “He, who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.”
Some research shows that the level of integrity and trust shown by the manager towards an employee directly affects the outcome of the employee. It’s in human nature that if a person treats you well, then you’ll do well with him too. Trust is a key process in ethical, servant, and authentic leadership styles. But this clearly doesn’t mean to blindly trust a person because that can cost you a fortune. A leader needs to think and act sensibly because he needs to set an example for others too and for that THINKING is an important thing. Trust is just like respect, a give and take process so if you stop receiving it from the other end, you need to stop giving it too. Trust in leadership clearly shows a significant link between an employee’s job satisfaction and commitment towards work.
Hence it is fundamental for a leader to gain trust. A person can’t always be demanding and refuse to give anything in return because that would not make his team trust him eventually making him unsuccessful. “A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other”-Simon Sinek.
Trust leads to a lot of other things which are part of leadership such as delegating tasks, honesty, positive attitude etc. With trust come all these things important in a leader. Trust can make an organization’s environment healthy and suitable for working. Love all, trust few but make sure they’re worth it.