So I thought this was really good from a colleague this week.
How to build trust and credibility in the workplace:
Credibility is about being "convincing and believable" and results from "expertise and experience."
Trust is believing strongly in the honesty, reliability, character, and effectiveness of a person."
Boundaries - Have good boundaries--respecting yours and having my own; show others respect in words and deeds.
Reliability - Be someone who is both reliable (can be counted on) and is authentic.
Accountability - Hold others and yourself accountable; we all own our mistakes, apologize and make amends.
Vault - Keep information in confidence.
Integrity - Hold courage over comfort; choose what's right over what's fun, easy or fast; practice and not just profess values.
Non-judgmental - Believe the best in people even when they occasionally disappoint you.
Generosity - Offer and ask for help from others, and give generously of yourself in time and effort.
No offense to anyone...the last thing they said was a little spicy for the workplace (but I know it was meant well): "Good conversation with others should be like a miniskirt--short enough to retain interest and long enough to cover the topic." ;-)
(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)