“Two findings stand out. First, trust in governments and public institutions remains very low overall and the majority now believe that business should lead. Second, while trust in business has improved, trust in executives remains low. Peers and employees are now seen as more credible than business leaders and often employees don’t trust the companies they are working for.” The Edelman Trust Barometer
This recent study confirms what many thought and now confirm. Think about this. Employees don’t trust the companies they work for? What does that say about their leadership, morale, productivity, ethical behavior, etc.
Trust is the basic building block of any relationship, i.e. friendship ,marriage, business etc. Without trust there is no relationship. Trust is the glue that holds relationships together. Bu in this research, the onus is on the leaders. Does your organization provide training/education in ethical leadership? If not, why not? Leadership is the cause of lack of trust as well at depth of trust. It’s a choice, but it must be an informed choice. Leadership is not based on what one person thinks is right or wrong, the process must be an inclusive process of cause and effect. It must be a process of thinking beyond one’s own perception of what a leader is or should be and be open to change at a most deep level.
It is the organization’s responsibility to provide in depth, ongoing education and training in process of leading, not only for the benefit of the oneself but for the benefit of the employees and this the organization.