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The Trusted Leader


Trust can melt away in an instant. When a confidence is broken because a leader was not invited to a meeting, or employees believe their leaders are saying one thing but doing another, trust is immediately threatened and often destroyed. You cannot be a trusted leader in your organization unless an environment of trust exists beyond your office walls.

Trust falls in three categories:

  1. Strategic trust – Trust in the ability of your organization to be successful
  2. Organization trust – Trust that the organization you lead is truly what it purports to be
  3. Personal trust – Trust in you as an individual and as their leader will treat the employees fairly and will extend a level of care for their well-being

The Benefits of Trusted Leadership

  1. Trusted leadership frees people
  2. Trusted leadership fuels passion
  3. Trusted leadership provides focus
  4. Trusted leadership fosters innovation
  5. Trusted leadership gives people time to get it right
  6. Trusted leadership lowers costs
  7. Trusted leadership is contagious
  8. Trusted leadership helps recruit people who are on the right wavelength
  9. Trusted leadership helps retain great employees
  10. Trusted leadership improves the quality of work

Trusted leaders come in all shapes and sizes with all kinds of technical skills or lack of them; however, they are comfortable in their own skin. They have self-knowledge. They are transparent. They are credible (have expertise), reliable (consistent and dependable), and intimate (being intensely personal about the work at hand). They are either strong in all these areas or so strong in one area that it makes up for lacking in the others.

CITE: The Trusted By Robert Galford and Anne Seibold Drapeau



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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