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Continuing on in the review of Stephen Covey’s book “The Speed of Trust” it really struck me that one of the key points about building trust with others is Transparency. This ties to the one of the 4 Core Principles mentioned last week of Intent. Being transparent is a all about sharing your intent about what you are trying to do, why you are doing it, and what the intended outcomes are.
The more clear you are about what you stand for and how you are going about achieving your vision and goals the more people can stand behind you. They will then be able to see that you do what you say you are going to do.
When you are not transparent about your needs or who you are there can be mixed messages, people don’t necessarily know what it is that you want or expect from them, and then they can’t live up to your expectations as they were never set.
Being transparent is really about being authentic and genuine in who you are and sharing that with those around you. I believe this is a key component in building trust for it allows people to see the real you and truly interact with someone who is comfortable in their own skin. People will then respect you more because they know what you stand for and why.
Are you being authentic in your interactions? Where, if at all, are you withholding information? How can you be acting in a way that “What you see is what you get?”
Monica Thakrar has over 14 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.