Take Me to Your 'Trustworthy' Leader: Six Characteristics

John Storts
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Amy Lyman, author of "The Trustworthy Leader: Leveraging the Power of Trust to Transform Your Organization" and co-founder of Great Place to Work Institute, describes the qualities inherent in a leader who strives to build and maintain trust within an organization. Lyman indentifies these six elements:

  • Honor
  • Inclusion
  • Engaging followers
  • Sharing information
  • Developing others
  • Pursuing opportunities, despite uncertainty and difficulties


Read our excerpt, "Sharing Information," and discover how good leaders collaborate to the organization's advantage. We'd love to hear your thoughts on trustworthy leadership. Sound off in the Comments section.

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Feb 14, 2012 2:17 AM Richard KRASKE Richard KRASKE  says:

The foundation of those 6 sterling elements of leadership was omitted and that is TRUST. An organization can espouse all of the attributes it feels that are important to its success in its leadership however the underlying attribute that is too often taken for granted is TRUST and how it it shared with all of the stakeholders, not just among the leadership. Without it everything else is empty.

Feb 14, 2012 3:29 AM Vickie Strong Vickie Strong  says:

I agree with the first comment about Trust. Without it, all else fails. I would also change Honor to Integrity, or include it, so that it also speaks to high moral and ethical principles. The best leaders are those that always do the right thing no matter who is, is not watching.


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