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Never, ever make the “adulterer’s guarantee.” This happens when you say to an employee, in effect, “I just lied to [someone else], but you can trust me because I’d never lie to you.” When employees see you committing any act of dishonesty or two-facedness, they’ll assume that you’ll do the same to them. They’ll start thinking back through all of their conversations with you, wondering what was real and what was disingenuous.

Corporate leaders as a group have largely failed to earn the trust of their employees, and that includes IT managers, who may be particularly lacking in some of the qualities that define a trusted leader.

That’s the assessment of John Hamm, a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist, leadership advisor and author of the book, “Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership.” Don Tennant recently spoke with Hamm, who made it clear that he sees among employees in corporate America a widespread lack of trust of those in authority in their companies, and that the fault lies squarely with the leaders. What lies at the heart of this failure to earn employee trust isn’t maliciousness, Hamm said. It’s obliviousness.

In his book, Hamm has outlined some steps leaders can take to build trust in their companies. Those steps are highlighted in this slideshow.

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