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How do you develop smart trust in a leader?

On one hand, if you are a leader and you trust too much too soon, there is a risk that you get burned. It can be a disaster. Not everyone could be trusted.

On the other hand, if you don't trust enough and you don't empower your people, your team, you also won't develop them, and you won't inspire them. You will be too dependent upon yourself and what you can do.

You have to find the sweet spot.

Start by looking at your propensity to trust, as a leader, your inclination and willingness to trust. Ideally you want it to be high. Layer that with good judgement, based on the people and the situation.