Employees will not trust you by default. As a leader, you need to prove your trustworthiness time and time again. You will need to track and manage the level of trust your employees have in you and your leadership.
David DeSteno, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University and the author of The Truth About Trust, says employee trust is constantly shifting: trust is an “evolving thing that ebbs and flows,” DeSteno tells Harvard Business Review.
Without that trust, it’s hard to accomplish much. You need trust to engage and motivate employees. Being a trusted leader also means that your employees will be candid about what’s going on in the office, how they feel, what’s challenging, and what’s happening with team goals.