The 17 Attributes to Build Trust

by Katia Tripod on June 4, 2012 · 0 comments


Based on Stephen Covey, In today’s economy, the new currency is trust. We are naturally attracted to people, brands and products, we trust. Trust is becoming the new trait for success.

Have you ever felt the absence of trust? How did it feel? Strange? awkward? Unpleasant? Heavy? For me it is like listening to a symphony and hearing some wrong notes being played without knowing exactly by whom. A diffuse but very real feeling that something is wrong. Lack of trust automatically creates suspicion.

In the past, I have experienced the extend of damages a lack of trust creates. Everything seemed difficult, draining, slow and inefficient. My energy level was low and my stress level was high. Communication became very poor and my response to it was withdrawal. My disengagement became visible and my fear of repercussions fed my guilt up to the point that the only way out, was to quit.

Lack of trust is a show-stopper in all aspect of life; Business, relationship, career and even self-development. Without trust, everything gets stalled. We all need trust to make things happen. Just look at the economy. When people no longer trust the system, the country gets into a depression and go deeper in a negative vicious circle until trust is restored.

In difficult times, we all turn towards people we trust. We need to believe in better days. Trust is a remedy for fear and depression. When you have trust, things become easy; communication flows and everything seems possible. It is a great comforting feeling. Who do you trust? But also, who trusts you?

We always talk about building trust. What are the characteristics that a trustworthy individual displays? As they all can be developed, I am going to share them with you. If you adopt these behaviors, you will become Trust-irresistible. Trust me!

  1. Be clear about who you are.  Know yourself.
  2. Believe in yourself. You cannot ask people to confide in you if you do not feel confident.
  3. Extend trust to others. Care for them. It is a two-way street.
  4. Walk the talk and tell the truth.
  5. Be respectful.
  6. Be reliable.
  7. Be transparent. No hidden agenda. Your expectations are clear.
  8. Act with integrity. Be honest. Don’t lie or hide.
  9. Stay relevant. Get better. Continue to develop and re-invent yourself whenever it is necessary.
  10. Take responsibility for yourself. Don’t blame others.
  11. Listen and ask questions.
  12. Be open to learn from others.
  13. Involve others.
  14. Work towards a win-win solution.
  15. Apologize when you make a mistake.
  16. Show your commitment.
  17. Deliver results

The heart of trust is in your self-confidence. Your self-confidence derives from your self-awareness. Know yourself, improve and believe in yourself.

“He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.” Lao Tzu.

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