Truth leads to trust.
- Always tell the truth – then nobody needs to wonder what you’re up to. They always believe you. That way you are always dealing with what’s going on, instead of trying to figure out what’s going on. Imagine how much misdirected energy can be saved by forming this one habit.
- Make it a standard. Being completely honest shouldn’t be a nice to have, it needs to be a condition of employment and it all begins with the leader. We are always sending messages through our own behaviour. Be a solid role model and look for opportunities to show a good example.
- Be unconditionally open to feedback. Sometimes our ego likes to play tricks on us and this can lead to various degrees of denial. Create a culture where honesty is welcomed even when it hurts. Be careful of the tone and emotion behind it – you don’t want it to be interpreted as mean. On the contrary – what it really says is that you care enough to put yourself out there.
I’m sure this sounds pretty simple and that’s because it is. What isn’t simple is the leadership and courage it takes to put it in place and keep it there. Truth leads to trust and trust leads to focus and productivity. If want to improve the productivity of your team – then begin building a culture of trust.
Just in case it needs to be said; it’s never too late to begin something good. What could you do today to begin making improvements to your situation?