Shoka Magazine July 2023 – Trust Leadership Trait Definition and Examples


Elementary: Confidence placed in someone or something

Secondary: Firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or  reliance

Related Words 

Trustworthy Confidence Belief Faith Certainty Assurance Conviction Credence Reliance

Quotes about Trust 

“Trust is having faith in someone or something.  It is having confidence that the right thing will happen without trying to control it or make it happen.  A trustworthy friend is dependable and responsible.”  Tiger’s Great Journey 

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare 

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication.  It’s the foundational principle that holds all

relationships.” – Stephen Covey 

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein 

“I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.” – Robert E.  Lee 

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway 

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” – Warren Buffett

Trust Words and Actions  

Trust is the basis of all good relationships and the cornerstone of good character.  Trustworthy people keep their promises. They are honest, reliable, and principled and never inappropriately betray a confidence. Trust is a Black Belt characteristic.  To feel like a Black Belt, you must act like a Black Belt, and that means becoming a trustworthy person.

Ask yourself the following questions to determine if  you are a trustworthy person:

  1. Is it a good idea to risk losing someone’s trust for a temporary gain?
  2. How important is trust in your relationships with friends and family?
  3. How often do you break promises?
  4. How often do you share secrets that you were told in confidence?
  5. How often do you overlook your principles to satisfy your wants?

Study your answers carefully to make sure you feel good about them and that you were honest.  When others consider you untrustworthy, it is often because you forget how important it is to your character.  A true Black Belt understands the importance of trust and makes the right choices whatever the outcome.

Practice these examples of trustworthiness every day:

  1. Keep your promises! Don’t make a promise, unless you are able to keep it.
  2. Be honest.  Don’t tell lies for personal gain; lies inevitably return to hurt you.
  3. Keep secrets told to you.  Never betray a confidence or a trust.
  4. Have integrity and never yield to temptation.  The more you act in this manner, the more people will honor you.
  5. Be loyal to those who matter.  Don’t act in opposition to those who care about you.


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