Interpersonal Leadership: Trust-Building
“Consistency: Counting on Leaders to be Leaders” (SL#78)
By Lloyd Elder, Th.D., adapted from SkillTrack® Vol. 7.2 - Trust-Building

1. Consistency, Foundation for Leadership

Luke 19:17-- “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’” (NIV)

“Credibility [trust] is mostly about consistency between words and deeds.” --Kouzes and Posner, Credibility, p. 47

2. Let the Scripture Teach

3. Consistency Building Trust: Practices and Behavior

Down through the years, and in several roles of ministry, I have discovered many of the dimensions of consistency. Often I have actually put them into time-honored practices and received satisfaction and benefits in my life and leadership. I have enjoyed relationship of family and friends who have shown me by example the value of reliability and steadfastness. Add that experience to the study of this “trust trait” I would make the following suggestions: assess your own level of consistency and plan what learning actions would benefit you.

Closing Reflection:

Your example as a consistent steadfast person is the critical element in every arena of life. Schweitzer succinctly says it: “Example is not the only thing influencing others. It is the only thing.” --Albert Schweitzer

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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership