Footsteps in Faith: Three concepts help build trust

| April 14, 2011 | 2 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Oyedeji Idowu
2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division 



Trust is an important element of any relationship because it encourages people within the organization or group to be able to rely and depend on one another.

“Trust is a vital ingredient in organizations, since they represent a type of ongoing relationship,” according to Robert Galford and Anne Seibold Drapeau, writers of “The Trusted Leader.”

A trusting relationship mostly flows from a leader down to subordinates to keep a balance within the organization.

The most important concept to understand, when it comes to the necessity of having a trusted leader, is the different categories of trust.

Jesus is an example of how a good leader cares, loves and is able to stand by his or her promises and words, regardless of the circumstances that he or she is faced with.

Strategic Trust. The first concept is strategic trust, which allows followers or subordinates to have confidence in the judgment of their leaders. It also facilitates and enhances the organizational missions, goals and objectives.

“Love, forgiveness and trust build personal connection, and (they) cement within others a sense of the leader’s commitment,” according to “Love, Forgiveness, and Trust: Critical Values of the Modern Leader,” by writers Cam Caldwell and Rolf Dixon.

Organizational or group leaders who are able to practice this concept properly will have success.

Organizational Trust. The second concept is organizational trust, which focuses on the fairness of leaders in administering and implementing organizational rules and regulations.

Under this concept, organizational or group leaders are expected to have an open mind when it comes to proper handling of justice. It is a very true saying that leaders with pre-assumed thoughts in justice never give the right verdict.

Personal Trust. The third concept has to do with personal trust, which is the kind of trust that followers or subordinates entrust to their leaders. Followers trust their leaders’ judgments to be fair and to look out for their subordinates’ interests.

“To be a leader and win trust, you must be vulnerable. You must deal with real problems and be visible on the front lines where people can see you in action and begin to build trust in your leadership,” according to Harold Krieger Jr., in “Building Trust with Others.”

Psalm 125:1 says, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”

This passage simply tells us that the secret of consistency is trust. If everyone within an organization can exercise trust, from the leaders to subordinates, there will be love, too.


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  1. 2LT Dairo says:

    This is a good message. Thanks Sir.

  2. Raphael Ayeni says:

    Pst Deji, this is a nice exposition on trust. More grace and insight for the task ahead.

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