5 Habits That Set Trustworthy Leaders Apart

5 Habits That Set Trustworthy Leaders Apart

Developing a keen nose for trustworthiness is a smart way to protect your own career. Leaping into a new position at a start up with a charismatic CEO could backfire in a big way, especially when you give up a stable job to make the move. It’s easy to fall under the spell of a convincing salesman with little to no real leadership skills. In fact, research from social psychologist Roderick Kramer shows that 80% of high level executives have been let down by an untrustworthy superior or coworker during their career.

Leaders worth following all share a range of specific characteristics. With a little practice, you can hone your skill at finding trustworthy leaders and team members. Start by testing people to see how important trust is to them. With a quick conversation and some interaction, you should notice a clear focus on trust in your exchange. One clear way the best leaders accomplish this is by setting up very distinct roles for each part of the company or team. Defined expectations and functioning systems help employees create honest relationships with their managers. This creates a culture of honesty that naturally leads to trust between the different levels in the company.

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