Building And Sustaining Trust As Leaders
Introduction: In light of the current leadership disappointments and church leader fiascos, coupled with a society disillusioned toward the church and institutions, we find ourselves in a challenge of trust. Trust must be earned and then protected at all costs because without trust we have an empty leadership process. A true leader has the ability to give meaning to a crisis event and turn it into an opportunity for growth. Our experience of placing our trust in God should increase our capacity to trust and encourage us to build trust within our relationships and our leadership. The greater a leader exhibits trust-producing behaviors, the greater the lay person's trust in his or her leadership. Creating an environment of trust is the heart of true leadership. We must aim for trustworthiness in our leadership.
1 Chronicles 9:22 All those chosen as gatekeepers were two hundred and twelve. They were recorded by their genealogy, in their villages. David and Samuel the seer had appointed them to their trusted office.
"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." Ken Blanchard
I. THE WORD TRUST
A. TRUST DEFINED
1. Dictionary definition: complete confidence and faith in a person; certainty based on past experience. From the root meaning help or confidence, to trust means to rely on someone without fear because of their record of reliability.
2. The Hebrew word translated trust is bathach. It means to confide in or lean upon; to stand firm with assurance and confidence; to be certain; to believe in; to be firmly supported as a parent carries an infant; to flee for refuge to a place of security; to confide and lean on.
3. The Greek word for trust means to have become convinced and firmly rely on and be confident in; to depend on. It is a confidence in someone that results in following them.
1. Trust is a firm belief in the honesty of another and ...
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