Leadership: How to Become a Trusted Leader


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The twin goals of trust-centered leadership are to maximize the trust in you as a leader and to maximize trust throughout your organization.

It's no secret. Trust is at historic lows in American culture. And nowhere is the trust-deficit more pronounced than with government, corporate, and institutional leadership.

In a historic moment such as this, executives, managers, and leaders everywhere must become more purposeful in creating high-trust cultures within their organizations.

Dr. Mike Armour's book Leadership and the Power of Trust is a comprehensive guide to the practice of trust-centered leadership. This presentation summarizes nine of the guiding principles from his book.

Trust-centered leadership rests on the fundamental concept that, contrary to our common expression, we cannot truly earn trust. Trust is not something we earn, but something bestowed on us by others.

If those we lead withhold their trust, we are powerless to compel them to change their minds. The choice of whether to trust a leader or withhold that trust is the one place that employees and workers are 100% empowered.

Thus, astute leaders approach their role with an eye to removing any impediments to trust. They evaluate every decision, every action, and every decision in terms of its potential for enhancing or hindering trust.

Trust-centered leadership does not replace other styles of leadership. Rather, it works alongside them to enhance the leader's credibility, leverage, and impact.

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Leadership: How to Become a Trusted Leader

  1. 1. Principles of Trust-Centered Leadership® Dr. Mike Armour
  2. 2. Trust-Centered Leadership® . . . measures every decision, every action, and every initiative against two goals.
  3. 3. Goal #1 Maximizing the level of trust in you as the leader
  4. 4. Goal #2 Maximizing the level of trust within your organization
  5. 5. What Is Trust
  6. 6. Trust is complete confidence that a person or an organization will consistently do what is right in every situation.
  7. 7. Building this depth of trust is the primary agenda of TrustCentered Leadership®
  8. 8. Trust-Centered Leadership® does not replace other types of leadership.
  9. 9. Instead, it enhances your chosen leadership style and . . .
  10. 10. . . . intensifies your credibility, your leverage, and your impact as a leader.
  11. 11. The following nine principles lie at the heart of TrustCentered Leadership®
  12. 12. Principle Number Trust is not something that we can earn. Instead . . .
  13. 13. Principle Number . . . trust is something that others choose to bestow on us.
  14. 14. Principle Number Like beauty, trust is in the eyes of the beholder.
  15. 15. Principle Number Since the decision to trust us is entirely in the hands of others . . .
  16. 16. Principle Number . . . we must maintain such stellar character and conduct that we make it easy for them to give us their trust.
  17. 17. Principle Number Trust does not come with your title. It grows out of your performance.
  18. 18. Principle Number Having a title gives you authority. Being trusted gives you influence.
  19. 19. Principle Number These two factors – the authority of your position and your influence gained through trust – determine the maximum potential for your leadership.
  20. 20. Principle Number As a leader you must be trusted yourself before you can strengthen trust significantly within your organization.
  21. 21. Principle Number Distrust engenders distrust. If you don’t trust your people, it’s unlikely that they will trust you.
  22. 22. Principle Number Trust is contextual. Being trusted in one role or function is no assurance that we will be trusted in others. Therefore . . .
  23. 23. Principle Number . . . when we take on new roles or working relationships, trustbuilding should be our top priority.
  24. 24. Principle Number People fully invest their trust in a leader only to the degree that the leader helps them feel safe, informed, valued, respected, and understood.
  25. 25. And a bonus principle . . . When your goal is to transform your organization, trust-formation must precede transformation.
  26. 26. Here’s a Great Way to Learn More about Trust-Centered Leadership® This authoritative guide explores every dimension of TrustCentered Leadership® See an Overview or Order the Book
  27. 27. Coaching, Workshops, and Keynotes on Trust-Centered Leadership® www.LeaderPerfect.com Dr. Mike Armour Copyright 2014 You are free to reproduce this presentation unedited and with this copyright notice attached. Trust-Centered Leadership and LeaderPerfect are registered trademarks of Strategic Leadership Development International, Inc., Dallas, Texas