Leaders: 4 Ways to Gain Your Employees’ Trust

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You’ve created the perfect team, and you know that when push comes to shove that they’ll deliver the goods because they’re efficient, skilled, and smart.

They’re a dependable and trustworthy team to have, to say the least, giving you the peace of the mind that you need in order to lead them. But the employer-to-employee relationship is a two-way road. As such, what your employees think of you is just as essential as what you think of them.

One of the most important things people look for is whether or not they can trust you, so to help you make sure that you have the confidence of your employees, we thought we’d go over four ways you can gain their trust. Take a look below:

  • Be open. First and foremost, you need to be honest with your team. Set an example for your team members by showing them that honesty is your top priority. The next time someone asks, “How am I doing, boss?” you need to be ready to answer that question truthfully. You should also make sure you are responding in a sensible manner if you actually want your opinion to be taken positively. 
  • Be available. As a leader, you always need to be available. For the most part, you are the one who makes the big decisions, so it only makes sense that people will come to you when they have something big on their plate. As such, it is important that you act as inviting as possible, because nothing is worse than a leader who gives their team the cold shoulder.
  • Follow through. That old saying, “don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk,” is one that certainly applies to leadership. As a leader, you need to be able to back up what you say, because empty promises make you look very bad.
  • Stop commanding. Though this sounds counter-intuitive to leading, it’s actually what makes the best leaders so successful. Re-think the way you’ve been defining leadership. Rather than being someone who directs others, consider yourself as an advisor who is behind the scenes, helping the team when they need it.

As we said above, the employer-to-employee relationship is a two-way road, so don’t skimp out on your end of the deal. If you really want your team to go that extra mile for you, then you need to be sure you can do the same for them.

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