Trust is critical and is the foundation of any relationship. Whether that be in your family, ministry, church, or work - trust is what makes every relationship work. Often, we assume that others should just NATURALLY trust us, but it rarely works that way. You have to do your part to build trust.
If you want to build a strong level of trust with your team and others, here are several practices you should put in place:
* Keep your promises - do what you say you will do.
* Tell the truth - the whole truth, all the time, even when it is painful.
* Admit your mistakes - when you blow it, admit it.
* Give away credit - don't sing your own praises, sing the praises of others.
* Willingly offer help - when you see a need, offer your assistance.
* Listen - as James 1:19 puts it, "Be quick to listen, slow to speak..." People trust those who have their best interest at heart. Nothing demonstrates that better than sincerely listening to others.
* Value others - demonstrate that value by showing appreciation to them both publicly and privately
* Tell the WHY as well as the WHAT - when people understand WHY you are taking a certain action, they begin to see your heart and values. This helps them to trust who you are.
Trust is so important. Many take it for granted and assume it will just happen. Every action, every word, every reaction is either building or eroding trust. Let's work hard to exhibit these traits this week.
What have I missed? Do you have other practices that build trust? Leave a comment and share it with our community!