It’s hard to avoid all the political news right now!
Every time you turn on the TV or read the news, there’s a new story about one of our five presidential candidates.
What the polls reveal
About a week ago I saw a poll released that compared Hillary Clinton’s Competence vs. her Trustworthiness. I was quite intrigued, because after all, one might think that competence has something to do with being able to trust someone, right?
The poll showed that approximately seventy five percent of Americans believed Hillary is competent to be commander in chief. However only about forty percent believed she is trustworthy. Interesting! I wish I could remember the news station I saw this on so I could cite this, but I hadn’t had my coffee yet. You know how that goes.
While the exact numbers aren’t extremely important, the concept is. This poll shows that people believe Hillary can get the job done, but don’t necessarily believe what she says. When thinking about that, what would you prefer from your leader? Or what if we didn’t have to make that choice?
And then there’s this!
And now because of Donald Trump’s latest statements regarding abortion, his trustworthiness ratings are waning as well. This is because people believe that that statement showed a lack of ‘care’ or concern regarding women.
Let me go on record to say this is not an attempt to take a Republican or Democratic stance in any way, shape, or form!!! That’s too messy. But instead, the goal is to bring to light what differentiates and makes leaders trustworthy.
Trustworthy leaders will gain more engagement and commitment
With that said, I think most politicians could gain from better understanding fundamental leadership principles and what it means to keep people engaged and committed. When it comes to top rated Corporate America companies like Google, HubSpot, Facebook, and LinkedIn, I think our politicians could stand to take a few lessons. The reason? When employees have more trust in their leaders, they will be more engaged, more ready to commit, and will perform at a higher level vs. with leaders they don’t trust. There is a direct correlation.
In order to get higher on the trust continuum, we must employ more than just one or two facets of trust. Competence or charisma, alone, is not enough. As leaders, we must employ as many ‘trust’ facets as possible. Here are the 4 trust primers I present on: Sincerity, Reliability, Competence, and Care. The more of these you can use with consistency, the more people will trust you, whether that’s family, friends, colleagues or constituents.
The next time you consider why you do or don’t trust someone, ask yourself how often those people use those 4 trust primers. Go ahead; give it a shot; write the numbers done. I think the answer/s might surprise you!