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In Building Trust Leaders Go First


Welcome to 2016!

This is the first blog in a series of weekly ideas to elevate trust in your organization, pulled from our third annual 2016 Trust Poster, 52 Ideas That You Can Implement to Build Trust.

This first idea is offered by Jim Kouzes (a 2015 Trust Across America Lifetime Achievement Award Winner) and Barry Posner of The Leadership Challenge:


In building trust leaders go first

What does this mean?

According to Kouzes and Posner, the five practices of exemplary leadership are:

  1. Model the way– Leaders do what they say they will do.
  2. Inspire a shared vision– Imagine and believe in an exciting and attractive future and enlist others in a common vision.
  3. Challenge the process– Search for opportunities to innovate grow and improve. Then experiment and take risks.
  4. Enable others to act– Foster collaboration and build trust, and make it possible for others to do good work.
  5. Encourage the heart– Recognize contributions and celebrate values and victories.

If you currently hold a leadership position or aspire to be a trustworthy leader, remember that in building trust, leaders go first. The first week of 2016 starts right now! And by the way, trustworthy leaders also ask the right questions!

Thanks Jim and Barry. Best wishes for 2016.

Barbara Brooks Kimmel is the CEO & Cofounder of Trust Across America-Trust Around the World whose mission is to help responsible organizations build trust. She facilitates the world’s largest membership program for those interested in the subject. Barbara also serves as editor of the award winning TRUST INC. book series and the Executive Editor of TRUST! Magazine. In 2012 Barbara was named “One of 25 Women Changing the World” by Good Business International.


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