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    November 18th, 2008

     Lack of trust, all alone
    Lookin’ down at the bottom of a hole
    I’ve no trust, bare my soul
    Are we alone or do we have friends
    Or are we just searchin’ for a means to an end..♫

    Words, music and recorded by Biohazard.

    I have been a big fan of Beth Flynn’s “Leadership” email tips for some time.  Below is the one that I received today. Subscription information is at the end of her email.  Enjoy!

    “You Can’t Take Trust for Granted

    From:  Kouzes, J.M., & Posner, B.Z., (2006).  A leader’s legacy.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

    What does trust look like?  Trust is openness.  Trust is valuing other people such that you respect their opinions and perspectives.  You listen to them.  Trust means moving outside your comfort zone and letting go of always having it your way or the way it has ‘always been done before.’  Trust requires honesty with oneself as well as with others.  Trust means not making commitments you can’t keep; it requires not overpromising no matter how much you wish you could do something.  Trust requires a willingness to let other take charge, and to let others, at times, make mistakes in doing things they have never done before.

    For leaders, trust is the willingness to be vulnerable and open to others even when doing so may risk real harm (Like people falling on top of you!)  Trust is relying on others, having confidence in others, and this can be difficult for the best of us, but especially for leaders. (Kouzes & Posner, 2006, p. 74-75)

    A Leader’s Legacy is available on loan from the Ohio State University Leadership Center.  To borrow this resource or any other resource, please go to the resource search page

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