Trust Leads Corporate Change

From WilderWeber Leadership Group, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company:

Paula Wilder and Carol WeberWhen you are leading any change project, one ingredient, trust, makes all the difference in terms of your ability to get people moving smoothly toward your goals.  

There is little value-add when you focus on how much you trust others. 

Start by being trustworthy.

Focus on what you can do to increase others' being able to trust you.  Take time to honestly assess your trustworthiness.

How good am I at:

  1. Being clear:  saying what I will do and what I won't do?
  2. Listening to people and ensuring that they know I have listened?
  3. Having empathy:  understanding what matters to people and working hard to protect what is related to those things?
  4. Sharing myself authentically?
  5. Asking for feedback and acknowledging unasked for feedback related to my trustworthiness?
  6. Not pushing others to trust me more than I trust them?
  7. Extending my trust further, beyond my own comfort range?
  8. Not confusing being trustworthy with being a personal friend?
  9. Not being surprised that my trust-building is viewed suspiciously?
  10. Constantly aligning what I believe and what I say?

To discuss leading change in your organization, contact WilderWeber Leadership Group.

WilderWeber Leadership Group is a business consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders build sustainable advantage by facilitating change initiatives that deliver competitive marketplace focus and amplify organizational effectiveness.

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