My post earlier this week encouraged leaders to seek self awareness through the eyes of the people they lead. Why do we have to depend on others to increase our own self awareness? Because without self awareness, we can’t know how effective we are, and we don’t get to evaluate our own effectiveness. The people we lead do.
But let’s be honest. We can’t gain self awareness through others without trust. Our people are not going to give us honest feedback if we haven’t created a trusting environment.
So, here’s my question: Is trust a gift, or is it a reward?
In other words, is trust something that we get simply because someone wants to give it to us? Or is trust something that cannot be given but instead must be earned and rewarded?