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ERIC Number: EJ1062924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 5
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Four Essential Practices for Building Trust
Combs, Julie Peterson; Harris, Sandra; Edmonson, Stacey
Educational Leadership, v72 n7 p18-22 Apr 2015
The presence of trust can enhance an organization's efforts to fulfill its mission, and the lack of trust can constrict those efforts. The authors offer four essential guidelines to help school leaders communicate in a way that builds trust. Build trust by understanding trust. Trusted leaders demonstrate care, character, and competence in their interaction. Leaders should understand the value of these qualities and know how well their actions reflect them. Build trust by monitoring your reactions. Leaders' reactions to challenging situations affect others' views of the situation and the leader. It's important for leaders to monitor their moods and not react impulsively or in anger. Build trust by addressing concerns. Leaders should handle difficult situations among staff quietly and directly, instead of reprimanding an entire faculty for the actions of a few. When working with struggling teachers, leaders observe their work with care and offer honest and specific feedback. Build trust by saying "thank you." Sincere and frequent expressions of appreciation built trust. Look over your calendar or walk through the building looking for people who have been helpful and deserve thanks. Verbal and e-mails of thanks are valuable, but hand-written notes can be especially encouraging.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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