Moving from Distrust to Trust

There is a trust problem in our culture. It touches every industry including the church. What can Christ-centered leaders do to improve trust? Listen to this podcast conversation to explore the behaviors that can facilitate trust as well as the role of authenticity and transparency in building trust.

Sara and Tim discuss the importance of authenticity, transparency, and vulnerability in leadership. They also talk about the following leadership competencies that inspire trust:

  • The ability to build relationships that establish connections and transmit ideas and accomplish work.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and nonverbally.
  • The ability to listen actively and empathetically.
  • The ability to build trust and rapport with others.
  • The ability to motivate and inspire others to achieve common goals.
  • The ability to make sound decisions and take risks.
  • The ability to manage conflict effectively.
  • The ability to adapt to change and uncertainty.

Lead with Love

When it comes to building trust as Christ-centered leaders, remember the importance of leading with love and compassion. When leaders are authentic, transparent, and vulnerable, they create a space where trust can flourish.

Here are some additional thoughts on how to build trust as a leader:

  • Be consistent in your words and actions.
  • Be honest and transparent, even when it’s difficult.
  • Be open to feedback and criticism.
  • Be willing to admit when you’re wrong.
  • Be fair and equitable in your treatment of others.
  • Be supportive and encouraging.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Be willing to compromise.

Building trust takes time and effort, but it’s essential for effective leadership. When leaders are trustworthy, they create a positive and productive work environment where people feel safe and respected.

Building Trust is an Adaptive Challenge

Navigating the dynamics of building trust with the people you lead is an adaptive challenge. While we explore principles and behaviors that can improve trust, the reality is, every situation is different. This is why Sara advocates that “every leader needs a coach.” A coach partners with a leader to help you navigate the challenges you’re experiencing. A good coach asks questions to help you uncover your next step, to gain clarity, or and to find the best way forward. While a coach can have experiences that are helpful for your situation, coaching is not about telling you what to do; it’s about helping you discover who you are as a leader.

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