“Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both. I submit that while high trust won’t necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one. ”
― Quote by Stephen M.R. Covey, The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything
Trusting those you work with is difficult. Many times your work depends on them and how well they do—talk about anxiety and dread for the outcome. As a manager, you’re delegating tasks to your team, which should make your job easier, but you know the weak and strong points of each member.
Since we learn from those who go before us, your team is looking towards you for good habits in the workplace. They need to see your competitive strategy and outstanding organizational execution!
If you are hoping to make great changes in the New Year, it’s up to you to:
- Keep your word
- Acknowledge and honor your commitments
- Involve others in decision making
- Value responses
- Take action to change for the better
We all remember being handed our dream gift as a kid and being told by our parents that it was our responsibility to take care of it—this is the same mindset with your employees. You must extend your trust first and let them be responsible with it. If you come in as a tyrant showing zero trust in them, they won’t have any confidence in you.
Draw clear expectations and accountability for what is being trusted to them.
Make this a year of putting your words into actions. You want to give and get respect in your company—and making that a top priority will only push the business further. Bring your team together by stepping forward and leading the movement. People need to see the change in you before you can expect it out of them.