As A Manager How Well Do You Understand And Foster Trust?

When someone is first promoted to being a manager chances are pretty good that their preparation and training for the position is mediocre at best. Of course there are exceptions, but the core skills and deep nuances inherent in being a really good manager are usually learned on the job and by trial and error—or not at all.

So today please focus on how important it is for managers to foster trust. Of course there needs to be trust between the manager and all those s/he manages. But it is also the job of the manager to create an atmosphere in which policies and practices that develop trust among members of the team are also top of the list. Notice I said “policies and practices.” Because too often a company can have stated cultural expectations (the policies) but very little reinforcement (the practices).

Key questions to ask yourself, before you fill out the worksheet I’ve provided below: How well do I keep my word with those I manage? What types of people do I find I can trust at work, and what about them fosters trust? In what ways am I not trustworthy to myself (like saying I want to lose weight and then eating donuts)?

Now take a few minutes to fill our the worksheet I’ve provided (copy, paste, and print out or work in your computer file).

When you take the questions seriously you’ll see that the issues open you to other related issues that can spark new awareness about how to grow your managerial skills to better grow trust!



1 – Besides being true to my word, building trust with my team and my colleagues requires



2 – Along with sincere and expressed curiosity, developing trust involves



3 – Avoiding secrecy and an image of “the lone ranger” benefits everyone involved because



4 – The magic of differences, when two or more people work together to solve a problem and/or plan a project occurs when



5 – Practicing the skills of developing trust raises everyone’s EQ (emotional quotient) because



6 – Career promotion considerations, whether it’s for you or for members of your team, often include perspectives about someone’s ability to foster trust. Why?



7 – On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being strongest, rate your current ability to be conscious of fostering trust within your own team and with horizontal leaders and their teams.

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Please feel free to use this sentence completion exercise with anyone who can benefit as long as you include:

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Judith Sherven, PhD and Jim Sniechowski, PhD =====================================================================

How did you FEEL completing these sentences? What you thought was important that’s true. But what you felt is far more important in gauging your personal and professional relationship with fostering trust.

I look forward to reading your response.

(Photo: Trust by Terry Johnston/Flickr)

Judith Sherven, PhD and her husband Jim Sniechowski, PhD have developed a penetrating perspective on people’s resistance to success, which they call The Fear of Being Fabuloustm. Recognizing the power of unconscious programming to always outweigh conscious desires, they assert that no one is ever failing—they are always succeeding. The question is, at what? To learn about how this played out in the life of Whitney Houston for example, and how it may be playing out in your own life, check out their 6th book: http://WhatReally

Currently consultants on retainer to LinkedIn providing transformational executive coaching, leadership training and consulting as well as working with other corporate and private clients around the world, they continually prove that when unconscious beliefs are brought to the surface, the barriers to greater success and leadership presence begin to fade away. You can learn about their core program “Overcoming the Fear of Being Fabulous” by going to

Their 7th book, short and to the point, “25 Power Speaking Tips That Will Leave Your Audiences Wanting More,” is available in kindle at:

And if you are involved in marketing, you may be interested in their 5th book “Love Your Customers and They Will Love You Back”

John Assunto

Originally Posted on Linked In by: Judith Sherven, PhD


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