No matter whether your team is large or small, your leadership is constantly being tested. Those little chats behind your back in the team room, team members whining about you not giving them enough support, salespeople giving you lip during sales meetings – they are all tests. There are various ways to deal with these, and other, tests, but in all cases you draw on your Leadership Assets. We all have them in varying degrees.
But which of these assets is number one, your most important? Without doubt it is trustworthiness. Leaders who do not have the trust of the team go nowhere. Neither do their companies. Author, John Hamm, said this about trustworthiness:
These words define great leaders: ‘word is their honour‘, ‘fair’, ‘honest‘ and ‘forthright‘.“To my mind there is absolutely nothing more important than a leader’s trustworthiness. As anachronistic as it may sound in the twenty-first century, men and women whose word is their honor, and who can be absolutely trusted to be fair, honest, and forthright, are more likely to command the respect of others than any other type of person”. Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership