How important is trust for a leader? It is the most important thing.
Trust is the foundation of leadership. How does a leader build trust? By consistently exemplifying character. A person’s character quickly communicates many
things to others. Here are the most important ones:
1. Character communicates consistency. Leaders without inner strength can’t be counted on day after day because their ability to perform changes constantly.
2. Character communicates potential. Poor character is like a time bomb ticking away. It’s only a matter of time before it blows up a person’s ability to perform and the capacity to lead.
3. Character communicates respect. How do leaders earn respect?
By making sound decisions, by admitting their mistakes, and by putting what’s best for their followers and the organization ahead of their personal agendas.
John Maxwell — The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
WHAT IS YOUR CHARACTER COMMUNICATING?