4 Ways To Build Trustworthiness As A Leader

Our PlayFACTO School Positive Education Value of the Month is none other than Trustworthiness! Trustworthiness is being worthy of confidence, and being dependable. It can also be described as being reliable, responsible, safe, secure, and steady. Trustworthiness is one of the most important qualities in life. It is the quality on which all relationships are built. We are designed to be in relationship with others, and being able to TRUST each other means that we can do more together. Thus teaching our children how to be trustworthy is vital from a young age.


How can we encourage our children to be trustworthy?


1. Be Honest

Telling the truth is HARD. It can feel awkward or embarrassing. Emotions can run high when your truthfulness is in question. But strong character develops in an environment when it’s safe to be honest. It is therefore essential to build such an environment around our little ones! One of the ways to care about others is to be honest with them. One of the ways to show that you are a leader is to always tell the truth, no matter how difficult it might be.


2. Play by the rules

When we are in school or playing sports or even spending time with our families, there are rules and guidelines. These are in place to give structure to how we behave, how we interact with each other and how we treat one another. You might have a rule at home that you only speak in a calm voice. The rule isn’t there to control you, it’s there to help you care about other people. When you are trustworthy and play by the rules, you show others that you are dependable. Hence we must always encourage our children to play by the rules.


3. Have the courage to do the right thing

Leadership is about making choices. We make choices everyday about how we act, about how we treat each other, about the things we say and about how we respond. Being courageous to do the right thing even when it would be easier to do the wrong thing, or even to do nothing is evidence of a good leader. Teaching our children that it takes real courage to do the right thing is very important.


4. Build a good reputation

If being trustworthy means being worthy of the confidence of others, then we do well to build up our reputation as someone who can be counted on. When other people know that you always tell the truth, that you are someone who plays by the rules, and that you are brave enough to do the right thing, then other people will put their trust in you. They will give you more responsibility, and they will begin to count on you.

Leaders are people who are trustworthy. They do what they say they will do, they care for others in word and in what you do. Trustworthy people are people you can put your confidence in. At PlayFACTO School, we teach kids the importance of trustworthiness as we know it’s a key to success.


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