Personal Leadership demands that trust be present and that’s not always easy. Trust can easily be broken or undermined when things don’t go as we’d hoped they would or the person / people we trusted in don’t act as we’d expected.
This gets right to the heart of the leadership challenge – do I trust my people enough to let them take responsibility for the success and performance of our team / company / organisation?
Many leaders find this really hard and as a consequence are working all hours and handling all the big decisions themselves….and it’s slowing killing them!
The solution then when it comes to developing a culture of personal leadership is setting a course by which trust is gradually given, and earned, in ever-increasing measure. In my experience, most people prove far more trustworthy and capable than was expected. Of course there will be negative experiences and those who let you down, but that risk is definitely worth taking in return for the fantastic rewards of an empowered, creative team of leaders who are daily solving problems, creating solutions, developing new ideas and growing the capacity of the whole organisation through their own personal leadership.