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20 Leadership and Trust Quotes

We all know intuitively that trust is important at work, but sometimes it’s hard to articulate why.  To help you out we have put together a list of our favourite trust at work quotes:

1. “A team fused by trust and purpose is much more potent.  They can improvise a coordinated response to dynamic, real-time developments.”  General Stanley McChrystal

 2.  “Great teams consist of individuals who have learned to trust each other.  Over time, they have discovered each other’s strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to play as a coordinated whole.” Amy Edmondson

3.  “When people don’t trust each other everything is slow and takes a million meetings.  It’s like sludge and they block each other.  Nothing moves quickly.  You end up doubling up on resources.  If you could just trust each other, you could talk about issues.” Kate Morris, CEO, Adore Beauty

4.  “Trust doesn’t mean that you trust that someone won’t screw up—it means you trust them when they do screw up.” Ed Catmull, CEO, Pixar

5.   “Purpose affirms trust, trust affirms purpose and together they forge individuals into a working team.” Coleman Ruiz, Navy SEAL

6.  “Leadership is the relentless pursuit of truth and ceaseless creation of trust.”  Jack Welch, Ex-CEO, General Electric

7.  “Great teams have trust at the heart of their success.  If you don’t trust each other, you’ll play safe.  Trust makes it possible to aim higher.  To leap further and to know someone has your back if you fall.”  Adam Grant

8.  “Individuals on teams with high trust bring in more revenue, are less likely to leave Google, are more likely to harness the power of diverse ideas from their teammates and are rated as effective twice as often by executives.  There is no team without trust.” Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google

9.  “Vulnerability is the gift I give to those I trust, when I trust myself.  A leader’s authenticity is rooted and grows in a field of self-trust.” Terry Kellogg and Marvel Harrison

10.  “As you go to work, your top responsibility should be to be trust.” Robert Eckert, CEO, Mattel

11.  “Without trust, you generate a dysfunctional organisation and teams. There is no meaningful connection between a group of people. It’s just meaningless coordination. It is trust that shifts a group of people into a team.”  Marie-Claire Ross, CEO, Trustologie

12.  “A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.” Simon Sinek

13.  “If people are aligned in a common strategic direction and trust each other’s motives, then all will ‘move faster’ – all saving cost and time to both parties and increases the chances of achieving end value goals. In a hostile takeover there is even greater risk, with target and acquiring firms often suspicious of each other’s intentions, and claiming the other party’s lack of trustworthiness.” Edward Marshall 

14. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Albert Einstein

15.  “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Warren Buffett

16.  “Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

17.  “Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.” Albert Einstein

18. “Trust starts with trustworthy leadership. It must be built into the corporate culture.” – Barbara Kimmel Brooks

19.  “In today’s fast-paced business world, the more trust you have across your organisation, the faster you can operate.” Marie-Claire Ross, Author, Trusted to Thrive: How leaders create connected and accountable teams.

20.  “The glue that holds all relationships together–including the relationship between the leader and the led–is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” Brian Tracy

One of the biggest gifts in life is to be able to trust not only those around you, but yourself.  Start by taking small steps to extend trust to those around you at your workplace and you will find that all the “people problems” that you commonly experience begin to drop away.

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