JLBC: Setting Personal Examples of Trust
You can build trust by being firm, fair, and respectful toward your team members. Think about your trustworthiness. Does your team have a reason to trust you? Have you supported them and guided them toward success? Leaders and followers earn or lose trust through everyday actions and attitudes.
Taking Direct Actions to Build Trust
Leaders who want to build trust take action to develop positive relationships with team members. They work at finding things they have in common with others—which can be anything from a shared hobby to irritating younger siblings. Influential leaders actively engage team members in activities to build shared experiences. They also correct team members who have a negative influence on the team.
Sustaining a Climate of Trust
Leaders need to promote a culture and climate of trust. Think about conditions that promote confidence within your team. Keep team members informed of goals, actions, and results. Influential leaders follow through with team members on what is expected of them. They coach and mentor their teams positively, with encouragement and openness.
EXTENDS INFLUENCE BEYOND THE CHAIN OF COMMAND
Cadet leaders have an essential role in JLBC team leadership. However, as you develop a leadership identity, think about being a leader in other areas of your life—at school, in your neighborhood, and with your friends. In situations where you do not have an official leadership role, you can still indirectly influence a situation. For example, if your group of friends plans to get together over the weekend, you can use your leadership skills to help the group agree on what to do or where to go. Your leadership skills will be helpful if your friends can't reach an agreement or have a conflict about something. Use what you have learned about being fair and finding creative solutions.
LEADS BY EXAMPLE
Leaders are role models. They maintain standards and provide practical examples through their actions. When you model good behavior, you set an example for others to follow. Your team sees your commitment to leadership attributes and competencies.
Set an example by showing your team that you have high standards for yourself, appearance, professionalism, and fitness. Create an ethical climate with your team. Show sound judgment and moral behavior. Show your team that you have determination, persistence, and patience.
Demonstrating the Will to Succeed
The Military calls this the Warrior Ethos, but it's not all about battle. Ethos is a solid commitment to your team and its mission. Ethos is a deep desire to support your team and a willingness to push through obstacles and adversity to get the job done. Ethos includes living up to JLBC Values and the Cadet Creed.