The first principle of leadership is trust; therefore, a true leader must be able to trust a staff or a team and also be able to help the team trust each other. Furthermore, it is imperative that the team trust the leader. To be trustworthy, the leader should become vulnerable and be willing to admit mistakes and demonstrate to the team that he/she, like us all, is imperfect and willing to learn from all sources and experiences, including from the team itself. Therefore, the leader must first be able to trust him or herself!
Command and control managers are, for the most part, unable to trust others because they can’t trust themselves. Their ability to operate from an organizational perspective is predicated primarily on their need to maintain the power to direct the activities of the team from a finite point of view. Such people tend to concern themselves only with the outcome, giving little considerable to how the objective is achieved.
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