And the gold goes to…
Another week, another example of trust under the cosh. US Olympian Ryan Lochte’s fake robbery story and subsequent plummet from grace has not only tarnished his golden achievements it has provided an object lesson in destroying trust. This was a self-destruct approach that few leaders are likely to take yet we can so easily blunder.
This episode got me thinking about how we avoid such blunders and stay on the path of building trust. So, here’s a bit of a workout that works for me…
- Do I keep my promises, doing what I say I will and not making promises I can’t keep? This is about understanding the limits of my competence and what is under my control/in my gift.
- Am I leading with trust, extending it to others and nurturing its growth over time?
- Do I own and own up to my mistakes rather than looking to offload, justify or blame others?
- I understand my behaviours and actions speak as loud as (or louder than) my words. Are they aligned?
- Am I focused on building relationships that last and that support others’ development? (My interest is in seeing others succeed).
- (And here’s one for Ryan). Do the stories I share represent what really happened (without exaggeration or misrepresentation or making me the hero), add positively to the culture and help others learn?Of course this is by no means an exhaustive ‘test’ but it may be useful workout you can trust to show where you’re at on this crucial leadership quality.