We are all leaders. Some lead big corporations that push through the edge of technology, some lead groups to save the ocean, the forest, climate change, you name it... but we all have to lead ourselves as individuals.
Trust is the main ingredient for successful leadership. No one will follow a leader that can’t be trusted. But what builds trust?
Frances Frei, a professor at the Harvard Business School, decomposes trust in three components: authenticity, empathy, logic.
Our leading skills are as good as our authenticity. A liar can only lead as long as a lie lasts. And people in the aggregate are really good at calling BS when they see it.
Our leading skills are as good as our understanding of the people we lead. No one follows leaders that don’t empathize and have the best interests for the group.
Our leading skills are as good as our logic and communication skills. If we can’t communicate well, people won’t be able to understand the logic behind our purpose.
That’s why leading by example has a really strong effect. We can communicate, demonstrate empathy and authenticity in one action. Gain trust, and lead effectively.
We can start by being authentic, empathetic, and communicative with ourselves.