Be A Trusted Person

imgres“I got burned on trust. I trusted them and thought they trusted me, but they used me. Sometimes I hate trust. It hurts when I put myself out there and they take me for granted.” These are all thoughts I have had in the last few months.

When I think of trust I think about trusting others. The problem is that if I am going to trust others – I must take responsibility to become a trusted person myself. In trust, take responsibility for yourself. In the book, The Trust Edge by David Horsager, he says “when you focus on increasing your trust edge, you will enjoy greater success and impact. When we change ourselves we have the best chance of affecting our organizations, relationships, families and the World.”

Horsager mentions what will happen if we have that trust edge:

  • Leaders will see expanded influence and increased morale.
  • Managers will see greater productivity and increased commitments from teams.
  • Salespeople will see increased engagement and results.
  • Service experts will see enthusiastic recommendations and loyal customers.
  • Parents will see more peace and freedom at home.
  • Teachers will see more respect, impact and classroom control. 

I need to be a trusted person. To be a trusted person I need to be transparent. This is a quality I learned from my Dad. He could be transparent even if it might put him at a disadvantage. He would admit to mistakes. He would show his errors, but then he would also show how to fix them. He would take responsibility for what he did wrong and then give credit to others when things went right.

In our organization, we try to be transparent. If we are upset, we don´t hold it in until it explodes. We confront right away, even when it hurts or is hard to. We go at it the moment we find out something is wrong. We don´t wait a week to see if it might work itself out – we instead confront the issue to resolve it right away. What also happens is that I have others confronting me. They say, “you said this in the meeting and that was offensive.” I have a choice to make: Do I respond in a defensive tone, or do I accept my mistake. Sometimes the natural response is, “who do you think you are telling me that.” The right response is, “How can I learn from my mistake” or “ how can we grow together in this.”

Trust will give you an advantage that will cause you to grow and your organization to grow more than you ever expected. It is important to be transparent in trust.

Defend what you must defend. Correct what you must correct. But look in the mirror before you do it.

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Rich was born in Ecuador to missionary parents (Milton and Patricia Brown). He graduated from the Alliance Academy, where he met his wife Elisa Shannon (daughter of missionaries from Argentina, Jack and Jean Shannon). Both graduated from Toccoa Falls College. Rich graduated with a degree in Missiology. Rich and Elisa were married in 1990, and less than a year later, moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Rich served as youth pastor at North Ridge Church for almost four years. During that time, he finished the ordination process with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and graduated with a Masters Degree from Wheaton Graduate School in Biblical and Theological Studies.

In 1995, Rich and Elisa moved to Peru, where they served for ten years as youth pastor missionaries in four different churches in Lima and Trujillo. Rich also taught in the Bible Seminary in Lima and Trujillo. He was the Executive director of the Seminary in Trujillo for one year. He taught World Views, Evangelism, The Book of Hebrews, and Missions, among other courses.

In 2005, Rich and Elisa became regional youth missionaries in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. In 2006, they started Inca Link and that organization is now serving in four countries (Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and the United States). Rich´s calling is to reach the 300 million youth in Latin America with Christ´s irresistible love.

Rich and Elisa have four children who have been intimately involved in the Browns’ ministry: Olivia, Michaela, Josiah & Alexa.

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