The best way to find out if you can trust someone...

trust2 Who do you trust and, more importantly, who trusts you?
…is to trust them.In the past several months, the subject of trust was the most underlying theme in conversations with clients, graduate students and workshop participants.  As I reflect on these conversations, it became apparent there are a good number of potential leaders waiting for others to make the first “trust” move.  It is this contradiction that prompted the title quote above from Ernest Hemingway as the lead to this discussion of trust. So how do we trust someone?  While there are many ideas around this topic, my experience tells me there are two key elements to successfully trusting others; Integrity and Attitude.Integrity occurs when our beliefs, actions and words all tell the same story.  When we actually do what we say we are going to do, we engender trust in others.  I have coached students and clients alike to pay little attention to the words of others but pay very...
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