Four Ways to Build Trust

What is the trust meter? Where is your trust meter? And, most importantly, what simple changes can you make to increase trust with those around you?

Find the answers below, plus four ways you can build and maintain trust with others.

Trust is Like a Reservoir

How is trust like a reservoir? A dam and reservoir takes time to build, and then when finished, the river very slowly fills the reservoir. The process takes many years. Once full, though, it creates massive amounts of consistent and reliable energy. If not cared for though, it can fail with catastrophic results. If deprived of water, it will also begin to lose its power.

The Trust Meter

Your trust meter is a simple measurement of how full or empty your reservoir of trust is. What would those around you say – your coworkers, a partner or spouse, or kids and family? Would they say that the trust meter is full, filling up, being deprived of trust-building actions, or in ruins? With some reflection, you can likely put your finger on where your trust meter is with those around you.

How to Build and Maintain Trust

So, how do you “fill the reservoir,” move the needle on your personal trust meter, and maintain a “full tank”? Building trust is a function of our action – and here are four ways you can build and maintain trust:

  • Be True to Character – tell the truth, do what you say you’re going to do (be reliable and dependable), do high quality work, and ensure your actions are in line with your life values. This is the bedrock of trust.
  • Live the Golden Rule – be respectful of others, kind, thoughtful, and take a genuine interest in other people. Treat others how you would want them to treat you, and watch trust blossom in those relationships.
  • Effectively Communicate – be open in communicating commitments, delays, expectations, intentions, and motives, and the clarity will inherently build and maintain trust.
  • Gain and Apply the Power of Knowledge – when you look for a medical specialist, do you look for the doctor who knows the most and has the highest skill level? The same is true with you – others will trust you more if they know you are constantly growing your skillset and striving to be the very best at what you do. Strive to be the best at what you do by constantly gaining and applying new knowledge, and people will have higher trust in your skillset.

Practice these four principles of highly successful leaders and watch your trust meter and reservoir of trust fill up! That’s becoming your best.

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” – George MacDonald

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