The Webster dictionary defines trust as “an assured reliance on the character, ability, or truth of someone or something”. Trust is one the key foundational blocks upon which most groups, teams and organizations exist. It forms the basis for open dialogue, honesty, collaboration and a sense of collectivism towards a common purpose. However sometimes “trust” is misinterpreted and so it’s important to understand the sub elements to clarify where the issue might be. Consequently breakdowns in “trust” can more easily be addressed through this better understanding. Let’s look at all three based on the definition above.
This speaks to a person’s integrity which for most is an essential value. One may not necessarily agree with or like everything somebody does but there is an expectation or a given around always telling the truth. This is the cornerstone of trust.
How you show up and present yourself suggests a certain personality or character. But it’s typically only when presented in a genuine and authentic fashion over time does it earn the trust of others. This too is viewed as very important at a personal level to an individual. Read more