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Why Employees Don’t Trust Their Leaders

I’d like to draw your attention to an important article on Forbes, from contributor Glenn Llopis. The article, entitled “7 Reasons Employees Don’t Trust Their Leaders” discusses how trust has become a rare commodity today among the workforce.

Employees can’t be engaged when they lack trust in their leaders. Productivity, motivation, loyalty, and so on, all suffer. Employees want transparency, trust, and support from their leaders, rather than contending with fear, sudden changes, and hidden agendas.

In fact, I’ve commented on this issue before in a video about how fear, anxiety, and other negative emotions inhibit performance. Click here to watch!

Llopis’s article gives 7 leadership traits are likely causing employees to lose trust in their leaders:

  1. Lack CourageTips on on how to avoid losing employee trust
  2. Have Hidden Agendas
  3. Are Self-Centered
  4. Have Reputation Issues
  5. Display Inconsistent Behaviour
  6. Don’t Get Their Hands Dirty
  7. Are Not Compassionate


I encourage you to read the rest of the article, as it is very relevant today.

Employees are tired of the same old solutions: downsize, right size, merge, reorganize, cut costs, chase the share price.

Leaders must understand that their employees are smart people. Some leaders forget that those same employees they don’t trust with important information are very reliable people at home, at school, when making big important decisions that will impact their family, etc.

Trust is a two way street. If you don’t trust employees, they can tell. If you aren’t giving full disclosure, they can tell.

Engage your employees in the business and they will reward you with loyalty, trust, and respect. And, their best efforts. 

>> Workplace Engagement Insights can help you discover whether your employees have trust in your leadership (and other essential components of employee engagement) with our employee engagement survey. Just contact us today to talk about how we can help your business.

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Written by Dwight Lacey

Dwight Lacey

Dwight is the President at Workplace Engagement Insights. He leads Workplace Engagement Insights with a clear understanding of the latest employee engagement research, survey best practices, and leadership styles that create successful businesses.

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