When it comes to leadership and influence, we rarely talk about trust. When we do, it’s usually in terms of honesty and integrity. Questions like: “Can I trust you to honor your word?” or “Can you be trusted with finances?” usually come to mind. Those questions are important, but the truth is, trust is a far deeper issue, and when it comes to your team, employees, congregation, or followers, trust may be the single most important connection you can build. To achieve that connection, here’s four principles every leader and influencer should know:
There have been plenty of stories recently about pastors and other ministry leaders failing or falling from grace. This isn’t one of those stories. This post is about pastors and leaders with teams who don’t trust them to keep their word. Keep in mind, these aren’t bad people, and I’m not talking about outright liars. I’m talking about leaders who’ve spent so many years changing their mind, making rash decisions, or back peddling, their closest friends and employees can’t trust their decisions anymore. It happens for a number of reasons:
The reactions to the Lance Armstrong interviews on Oprah were pretty one sided. Most people seemed to think he was holding back, offering excuses, or not being completely contrite. When I watched the interviews, I wasn’t thinking about forgiveness, I was thinking about trust – and how to rebuild it. So when Fox News asked me to write an essay on my reactions to the interview, I asked some different questions. They published it here on FoxNews.com, so please share it, and then I would love to hear your reactions.