Building high-trust: You go first.

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“Lead from the front.”

“You go first.”

“Set the example.”

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

So you want to be a High-Trust Leader? And you want to develop a high-trust culture in order to truly achieve the exceptional results of a high performance organization?

Well, then, you have to go first.

As the flight leader of the Blue Angels, I realized the team would never have a great day if I didn’t have a great day. Similarly, your team will never achieve high-trust if you don’t lead the way and embody the change, the values, and the behavior you desire.

It’s as simple — and hard — as that.

  • CHARACTER – eliminate the hypocrisy between your words/values/intentions and actions.
  • COMMITMENT – be clear about your purpose and respond every day with resolve to show you are dedicated to achieving long-term goals and not derailed by short-term temptations and crises.
  • COMPETENCE – demonstrate a learner’s mindset to develop new skills that enhance your performance. This will require delegating some of the comfortable stuff you like doing in order to free-up time and energy to learn the new skills (and will allow the folks you delegated-to to grow).
  • CONNECTION – if you want them to understand you, you have to take the time to understand them. They won’t truly listen to what you think until they believe you care about them.
  • COMMUNICATION – leading by example is the most powerful form of communication. Turn down the emphasis on words and let your actions shout loud and clear.
  • If you want them to change, you have to change first.

Show them the way with your personal example.

It’s the only way. Anything else is a mirage.

P.S. They will give you credit and forgive missteps if they see you are genuinely trying to change and don’t give up.

Be a High-Trust Leader: go first.

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