Are you trustworthy AND trusted?

published3 months ago
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Similar words, but they’re not exactly the same thing. You can be one and not the other. The best leaders are both.

August 17, 2021 | Subscribe

In Trust weekly newsletter published by Spotlight Trust

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📰 In this week's issue of In Trust, we are bringing you:

  • Trusted and Trustworthy
  • 50 episodes of In Trust!
  • Worthy of Trust?

➡️ Note: We’re pressing pause on the In Trust newsletter and podcast for the next couple weeks as we enjoy some downtime. We’ll be back in your inbox in September. In our absence, we invite you to peruse the back catalogues of the newsletter and the podcast.


Trusted and Trustworthy

Hasan Minhaj saying "Trust me"

Being trusted and being trustworthy are two different characteristics.

If a leader is trusted but not trustworthy, you’re potentially looking at a con in the making.

If a leader is trustworthy but not trusted, they’ll be sidelined or overlooked.

When a leader is both trustworthy and trusted, they have the privilege and responsibility to step into possibility.

To that end, you need to strive to be both trustworthy (i.e. worthy of being trusted) as well as trusted (i.e. others have deemed you are trustworthy and chosen to extend trust to you).

This Week's Trust-Centered Leadership Practice:

What’s a context might you be trustworthy but not trusted? How might you more readily signal your trustworthiness to make it easier for someone to extend trust to you?

What’s a context where one of your colleagues might be trustworthy but not trusted? How might you support them in becoming trusted by others - whether by you extending trust towards them, helping to identify barriers to them being trusted, shining a light on their trustworthiness, or something else?

Pssst...We’d love to know how your practice is going and what you’re noticing along the way: simply tag us on social media or use hashtag #TrustCenteredLeadership to keep us posted.


Being Trustworthy and Trusted

“Being trusted is really something that someone else makes a decision on, not you.” —Rick Kitagawa
In Trust podcast episode 50: Being Trustworthy and Trusted

What’s the difference between being trustworthy and being trusted? Why does it matter anyway?

For the 50th episode of the In Trust podcast, your trusted co-hosts, Spotlight Trust Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Rick Kitagawa and Lisa Lambert, unpack the semantics of the words trustworthy and trusted to surface practical insights for leaders wanting to better earn and extend trust.

If you’re curious about how you can more readily signal your trustworthiness so you can become trusted and how you can better discern who is worthy of your trust, you’ll want to give this episode a listen.


Worthy of Trust?

Dog trust falls into humans arms

Trust is not a light switch you can turn on when needed. It’s a high-value asset you need to invest in and continuously develop.

Here are some resources to help you build trust at scale, as well as better discern whether or not to extend trust:

📓 Building Trust at Scale: The Practical Playbook|Download your copy of this practical and actionable 20-page digital resource designed to set you and your organization on the path of building a high-trust culture that can take your organization to new heights.

📺 How do you know whom to trust?|Just because someone is an expert, doesn’t mean they are trustworthy. In this TED-ed video, Ram Neta uses contemporary examples to explain when listening to experts is a good idea...and when it might not be.


The Future Is Trust: Embracing the Era of Trust-Centered Leadership

Consider getting a copy of our Amazon bestseller and #1 hot new release The Future Is Trust: Embracing the Era of Trust-Centered Leadership. It’s a practical and actionable guidebook for understanding and building real trust with others and within ourselves.

Quote To Ponder

“It is important to remember the distinction between trusting and being trustworthy. Usually, leading with trust requires you to focus on being trustworthy. However you cannot avoid occasionally having to do the trusting.” —Charles H. Green


Here is last week’s newsletter: Trust is critical in times of change


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Rick Kitagawa (he/him) + Lisa Lambert (she/her)
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