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Stephen M. R. Covey continues his book by talking about 5 waves of trust with the first wave being Self-Trust. I really love this because it talks about the four core principles of integrity, intent, capabilities and results within self-trust so again it ties back to the idea of character and competence being the cornerstones of trust.
So what are these four core principles?
-Integrity - living in alignment with your core values
-Intent - having the intention of a win-win situation
-Capabilities - having the skills to get results
-Results - achieving the outcome we have promised
What really struck me about this first wave is that if you don’t have trust in yourself - in tying your actions and intentions to your values or in your own abilities to create results then it impacts every other relationship. If you can’t keep promises to yourself or act on your values (not just have good intentions but actually follow through on them), then you are undermining yourself and your abilities to make an impact on others. If you don’t trust yourself how can others trust in you?
As a leader you must be in alignment with who you are and show that you are capable of creating lasting results, otherwise people won’t follow you or trust you.
In which of the four areas of self-trust (if any) do you need to work? Are you strong in integrity, capabilities and results, but your intent is not always win-win? Are you aligned in integrity, intent and capabilities, but you are not producing results? Without all four you can not make the impact that you need to make on your organization or client base. What can you do to increase your self-trust?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.