img_7350How do we establish trust?

A recent article from the Harvard Business Review article reports on a study that presents three critical elements leaders need to build trust within their organizations:  positive relationships, good judgement and consistency.

Over 87,000 participants contributed to this research…and I agree that all three elements are essential to becoming a leader worth following.

The Bible says a great deal about these three qualities.

In terms of positive relationships, we are given numerous ways to build and edify others.

  • Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

The Bible gives us many ways to nurture and develop good judgement.

  • If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5
  • Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20

Consistency is encouraged.

  • Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. I Corinthians 15:58
  • Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. Matthew 5:37

God’s word is the ultimate leadership guidebook.

My prayer this week is to be more consistent in my daily study in the Word- and to commit these words to heart as I try to build more trust with all my relationships.

And please let me know how I may pray for you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5


10 thoughts on “Trust

  1. jdjutvolstwccom says:

    Keith, this is Jerry Johnson in Bowling Green, Ky., I’m a friend of Hank Dye and we have a prayer group that prays for each other’s needs. I met you at Knoxville some time ago. I’ve been meaning to write you and tell you that my Grandson, Ryan Richardson is now a student at UT Martin after transferring from Bethel University where he was on the Basketball team. I would appreciate your prayers for Ryan, he was transported from Martin to Vanderbilt Hospital last night with acute appendicitis. He was operated on this morning at 8:30 and surgery went well and if all goes well, he will be sent home this afternoon. His home is in Hendersonville, Tn. His girlfriend, Madelyn Dycus is a member of the girls Softball team also, so if you ever get a chance, I would appreciate you saying hello to both of them.

    Thanks Keith and I enjoy your posts!

    Jerry Johnson 270-799-2332

  2. BeLynda Jones says:

    You don’t know how much I needed this reminder in life! You always know how to stir the mind, make us smile and encourage us to be better! Thank you!

  3. “God’s word is the ultimate leadership guidebook.” I completely agree! Another good scripture is Philippians 2:3,4 which says, “Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior to you, as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.” No one likes a leader that speaks and treats them like they are lesser than. This is important in any leadership role in business or family settings. Thank you for sharing these good points. I will definitely keep these in mind.

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