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Making Trust a Priority

If you were to ask four or five of the most effective and influential leaders you know and ask them, “What’s your secret for successfully influencing others,” you’d probably hear one common word:


Trust is the foundation of influence which affects the ability to lead others. If you’ve ever worked in an environment with high trust, you know the difference. When you trust your manager, every request, every interaction, etc. is easier. A trusting culture not only creates a more efficient and productive culture, it also fosters a sense of loyalty which may increase retention of your best employees.

So what can you do in your daily worklife to inspire trust amongst your team? Although this is not an exhaustive list, here are few pointers:

  • Be transparent. Don’t talk in circles, just talk straight.
  • Listen effectively and respond appropriately.
  • Clarify expectations.
  • Keep commitments.
  • Share credit.