The fourth habit in my original list of Ten Habits was to “Be True!” In John Maxwell’s book, 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, he says that “Trust is the foundation of leadership.” This is actually an important thing for bloggers to be aware of even if you are not “a leader” per se – the truth is as writers we are all thought leaders, as @typeamom likes to describe us. Or, we could be. 🙂
So here is the acronym that John Maxwell uses and unlike my previous acronyms is not one that I made up on my own. But it’s well worth sharing! It’s based on the letters for TRUST.
T – Tested
“We are what we repeatedly do” ~Aristotle
In other words, someone is considered “kind” because their actions have proven them kind in the past. Someone is considered a writer, because they write. And so on. What are calling yourself? Does that align with what you are doing? Can your readers trust that because your past actions have tested that out?
R – Reliability
Erratic behaviour breaks down trust….in web-based age change is rapid, YOU must be constant. For example, if I started this Ten Habits series but only discussed eight of the ten habits, that would erode the foundation of trust you, my readers, have placed in me. Everyone understands that life happens sometimes, but if you set out to do a certain thing at a certain time, you’d have built the expectation for that to take place.
U – Understanding
Show that you care. Show that you know your audience. Listen when they ask for more information or have questions. In a lot of ways that can even help guide content production. This series is an example of me responding to readers emailed questions. When one of my readers said they loved the ten habits but wanted more information about what each LOOKED like – how to APPLY them in real life ways, I listened.
S – Servanthood
An honest and sincere intent to set your heart on the good of people around you. That doesn’t mean door mat. Slave. It just means that you genuinely intend to help others. There are a lot of ways to do this and it can look completely different depending on your situation, but the intent for good should be there.
T – Time
Not in a day, but through daily investment. Trust doesn’t develop with a single post, a single discussion or a one-time meeting. It usually comes through multiple interactions. So in that regard it really ties in to being consistent and true to what you say you will do.
Food for thought –
Are you committed to never breaking a promise with anyone?
What are you intentionally doing to cultivate trust?