Thursday, 1 June 2017


Trust is defined as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. And one in which confidence is placed. 

Trust is fundamental to life. If you cannot trust in anything, life becomes intolerable, a constant battle against paranoia and looming disaster. You can’t have relationships without trust. Intimacy depends on it. People claim to be overworked and under constant pressure don’t delegate, because they don’t trust people to do what they’ve been asked to do; so they have to take on every significant task themselves. It’s not the pressure of actual work that’s driving them towards some stress-related illness, it’s their lack of trust in anyone and anything. Trust has to start somewhere. Why not with you? Why not today? Why not right now? 
  • Trust is a rare commodity these days.
  • Trust affects a leader’s impact and the company’s bottom line more than any other single thing.
  • It's a mistake for a leader to assume that others trust him simply by virtue of his title.
  • Trust must be earned, and it takes time. 
  • You will be trusted as leader, only to the degree that people believe in your ability, consistency, integrity, and commitment to deliver. 
  • You can earn trust over time, by building and maintaining eight key strengths:
    (1) Clarity: People trust the clear and mistrust or distrust the ambiguous.
    (2) Compassion: People put faith in those who care beyond themselves.
    (3) Character: Do what is right ahead of what is easy.
    (4) Contribution: Few things build trust quicker than actual results.
    (5) Competency: Stay fresh, relevant, and capable.
    (6) Connection: People want to follow, buy from, and be around friends.
    (7) Commitment: People believe in those who stand through adversity.
    (8) Consistency: Little things done consistently makes big difference. 
  • Commitment builds trust.
  • You can have compassion and character, but without the results you promised, people won’t trust you. 
  • The key competency is the ability to learn amid chaos. 
  • Arrogance attitude prevent you from growing, and compromises others’ confidence in you. 
  • Trust is all about relationships, and relationships are best built by establishing genuine connection. Ask questions, listen, and above all, show gratitude. Grateful people are not entitled to complaining and gossiping.
  • Do the little things, consistently. The great leaders consistently do the small but most important things first. The little things done consistently make for a higher level of trust and better results.
Trust can’t be built overnight. It requires time, effort, diligence, and character. Inspiring trust is not slick or easy to fake. Focus on these eight components with every action, you will foster trusted relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, or fellow leaders that will drive results.

Intimate sharing among strangers is a fact. Trust can exist among strangers. Trust and discretion exist among strangers online when sufficient information exists to act as social cues for trustworthiness or connections to other individuals for whom the trustworthiness decision has already been made.

Trust is a funny thing like love and life; 
you never really know you can trust some one until you know you can't; 
you won't know if you don't try.

My View:
Most people are trust worthy to certain extent. Some people fail miserably. But it is worth while to get along life with majority trustworthy people, until one proves untrustworthy. Otherwise, one ends up doing everything without discretion and delegation and can't grow or collapse under own weight. Trust is sometimes confused with naivete or hallowed by optimism, but trust and its corollary discretion, are what makes social interaction possible. Everyone is out for themselves subconsciously. They will sell you out the moment they are tempted with riches or power. However, checks and balances mitigates risks involved. No one is trustworthy one hundred percent except spouse.

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