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Trust and blind trust and empowerment in the team.
February 9, 2014
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I am not upset with you lied to me; I am upset that from now on I cannot believe you.

F. Nietzsche.

I have great faith in trust. Trust is built up between two people by character. You start believing in others and others to believe in you.  Producing results, clarity in thinking, commitment to goals, action base leadership gradually built up trust in the relationship at the work place in the team. If you do not have trust in the people, how you will be able to achieve common goals.

When we look at the truly successful organizations of both today and yesterday, we find their leaders fostered these five principles of creating trust. Consider the great military leaders of history (Augustus Caesar, Oliver Cromwell and George Washington), as well as the genuinely beloved political leaders (yes, there actually have been some: Joan of Arc, Peter the Great and Gandhi). And then there are the highly respected industrial leaders (Henry Ford, Lee Iacocca and Jack Welch). All of these great leaders built trust among their superiors, peers and subordinates, and it was this that spurred success and greatness for themselves, their units, alliances and companies

The trusting workplace is relaxed, open, creative and incredibly productive. Truth flows. The absence of trust will limit growth and will result in lost opportunities. In the worst situations, many of the recent corporate abuses took place when truth was muted. Corporate values are more likely to be lived in a trusting environment.

A trusting environment is a combination of many things including values, emotions and behaviors. Your leadership development efforts are incomplete without a element of trust at the work placed.

Arky Ciancutti, a medical doctor, and Thomas Steding, a Ph.D. in computer science, think it’s crucial. The consultants and authors of “Built on Trust: Gaining Competitive Advantage in Any Organization” (Contemporary Books, Lincolnwood, Ill.) believe that high-trust organizations outmaneuver those built on fear.

An organization in which people earn one another’s trust, and which commands trust from the public, has a powerful competitive advantage,It can retain the best people, inspire customer loyalty, reach out successfully to new markets, and provide more innovative products and service

Trust cannot be built up over night. Enduring trust is a leadership training process that takes time and effort. It is clearly the essence of what fuels meaningful relationships Trust does not magically appear in a relationship without certain elements preceding it over time. And once trust has been breeched it is difficult and sometimes impossible to establish once again

Leader must ask this question himself, My actions each day demonstrate that I trust my employee.?

When a manager’s behavior is consistent over a period of time and another person can reasonably predict that behavior, trust is possible. By contrast, it is difficult to trust a person whose actions are inconsistent or unpredictable.

Trust gradually leads to blind trust. Have number of experiences with the same person in dealing and most of the time results are achieve or his attitude is followed your expectations…which built up  blind trust.

I mean trust plus number of experiences creates level of blind trust in relationship. You always find in between husband-wife relationships. Do you think managers checked in the afternoon at home, whether wife is at home or not? Or do you think that wife checked at the work place by phoning to realise, the husband is , work place? My answer is big no. Because blind trust level is establish.  Blind trust is difficult to produce at work place but it is always possible.

Trust cannot be built up by watching minor activities and by observing every step people are moving…vigilance on there every step demoralise people and less amount of commitment perform at the work place. Leadership is failing to generate 100 percentage of team by vigilance eye.

The fruits of the blind trust are empowerment. Trust and empowerment are the two sides of the balancer. Blind trust is the extreme level of relationship .People deeply route themselves in relationship and feel constant flow of love and respect towards each other.


Trust is the most important element of a harmonious, synergistic and efficient work environment. Organizations

So, management often asks, “how can we build trust in the workforce, and how can we avoid losing it?” Well, it all starts at the very top, since trustfulness – and trustworthiness – can exist only if top management sets the example, and then builds that example into every department and unit.

I’ve found there are five excellent ways for leaders to build trust into their team. Establish and maintain integrity, Communicate vision an values. Consider all employees as equal partners. Focus on shared, rather than personal, Do what’s right, regardless of people and power, solve problems, share credits, Help showing when not knowing,

All right, but the five fastest ways to lose trust from our own  team.. Act and speak inconsistently, Seek personal rather than shared gain., Withhold information, Lie or tell half-truths, Be closed-minded, trusting few team members, blaming people, ordering instead of listening,

Trust is not only a matter of management tool but it is life, love and living.


About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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