Self-Trust Glue to Empathy

“Being connected and personal is to be in the process of discovering and accepting each other…trust begets trust; fear escalates fear.”    Jack Gibb . author of Trust: A New View of Personal and Organizational Development

“Our distrust is very expensive…Self-trust is the first secret of success.” Emerson

Without trust, listening and understanding are impossible, connecting with others becomes more difficult, and collobration to solve problems next to impossible. To be trustworty means to be dependable or that you can be counted on to do what you said you will do (DWYSYWD).

In the end trust is in the eye of the beholder. Trust effects reputations, productivity and relationships.  Being trustworthy is a fundamental element and character trait for inspirational leaders leaders. It is being authentic, honest, reliable and responsible. People will want to continue relationships and dealings with you the more you demonstrate trust not in words but action. Also, you will feel a sense of confidence and security because you can be vulnerable in sharing information with others. Trust helps build an empathic climate  and emotional caring with others. Trust creates an empathic climate because it allows people to share their personal fears, ambitions and dreams. Thus, a deep trusting relationship goes beyond short-term concerns and goals to explore what people really want in order to feel fulfilled in their life. Developing a strong trusting relationship provides a safe environment to experiment and try out new behaviors at very low risk. In the end when I reflect and examine the issue of trust I think in order to trust others we must start with ourself to understand what trust looks like to us and identify because of life experiences what barriers or issues keep me from trusting others.

Respond to the following–Trust is…

After you have completed the above incomplete sentence. Reflect on what you said. Does it indicate that you generally give trust away untl someone dissappoints you or do you make others earn your trust?


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