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Business leaders are constrained by the number of hours in the day, and how they prioritize their time. Many spend a large percentage of it reacting to crises and extinguishing fires rather than proactively building business. If more leaders embraced the benefits of trust, they might have their time freed up for more worthwhile pursuits. So, if you are a leader, here are ten questions to ask yourself.

Ten Questions For Leaders Seeking to Build Trustworthy Organizations


  1. Am I trustworthy? Does trust matter to me as an individual or in my professional life?
  2. Is trust mentioned in our mission statement or corporate credo?
  3. Do all stakeholders view me as trustworthy? Have I asked?
  4. Do I talk about the importance of trust on a regular basis?
  5. Do I engage my employees in discussions about trust?
  6. Am I transparent?
  7. Do I celebrate achievements? Do I allow mistakes?
  8. Am I more concerned with profits or values?
  9. Would I compromise my integrity?
  10. Do I acknowledge the business case for trust?

What other questions should leaders be asking themselves in pursuit of building trustworthy organizations?  Leave a comment.

Barbara Brooks Kimmel is the Executive Director of Trust Across America-Trust Around the World whose mission is to help organizations build trust. She is also the editor of the award winning TRUST INC. book series. In 2012 Barbara was named “One of 25 Women Changing the World” by Good Business International.

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Drop her a note at Barbara@trustacrossamerica.com

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One Response to “Ten Trust-Building Questions Leaders Should Be Asking”

  1. Rinku Raina
    December 15th, 2014 at 08:44 | #1

    1. Does my team trust me ?

    2. Does my team confine in me ?

    3. Do I communicate stories of Trust to the outside world ?

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