What makes others trust you?


Everyone thinks they work well with others.   But, there are some individuals that we simply would rather not have on our teams or that we dread having to deal with on projects.  Some individuals we simply don’t trust.  We have talked many times about trust and the important place is holds.  Teams perform much better when individuals treat each other.  Collaboration is better when trust is high.  Our relationships with our boss and our colleagues are better when trust is foundational.  Our neighborhoods are happier when neighbors trust neighbors.  So, if trust is so important, what are those key things you can do to enhance trust?  What makes others trust you?

I have assembled my “Top 10” list for enhancing trust. You may have other elements you can add, but if we all did these things well, I think our level of trust would certainly increase.

Ten things that make others trust you

  1. You do what you say you’ll do – Bottom line… unless you do what you say you’ll do, you cannot expect to be trusted.
  2. You honestly care about others – Someone has said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Trust almost always includes a level of personal care or interest.
  3. You treat others with respect – When others see you disrespect others (even when they are away), they will simply not trust you.
  4. You demonstrate integrity – When you always do the right things in the right way, you earn credibility that converts to trust.
  5. You remain calm in the face of stressful situations – It is difficult to trust someone that panics in the face of stress.
  6. You have been reliable in the past – When you have a track record of trustworthiness, individuals typically give you some “trust room” in the future.
  7. You listen more than you talk – In general, trust fades the more you talk.
  8. You put others first – Trust grows when you are seen serving others rather than expecting others to serve you.
  9. You are an optimist – We love to follow and trust someone that remains optimistic even when faced with challenges.
  10. You relate with others – Individuals often place more trust in individuals that have gone through or that can relate with their station in life.

What do you think? How are you doing with these?  Would you trust yourself?  Should others trust you?

Thanks for what you do. Today could be one of our best yet… there is still a chance!



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