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Daily Thought 4/4/12: The Godfather and Building Trust

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Box art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because its been a little while since I last shared a post, I have two articles to share today.

Recently movie fans celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Godfather. This iconic mafia film offers up a variety of unforgettable quotes, plot turns, and some good old machismo. To capitalize on the celebration, Fast Company published an interview with an entrepreneur about the leadership lessons in The Godfather.

  • Build a powerful community
  • Hold people accountable
  • Don’t get emotional
  • Be decisive
  • Spend time with your family

All five of these points are very basic tenants of being a good employee, teammate, or leader. I personally like to reiterate the final point: “spend time with your family”. In order to be your best self at work, it is imperative to have balance and enjoy your time away from the office.

This morning I stumbled on our second article on my twitter time line. As we have discussed previously, building trust is paramount to success as a leader. Leading with Trust, an interesting blog focused on best practices with trust, did an interview with the writer of The One Minute Manager regarding the best three ways to build trust as a leader. Each is simple and important for establishing trust and credibility with your followers.

  • Goals: using goals sets clear expectations and parameters from the beginning
  • Praising accomplishments: giving others public credit allows you to show your genuine appreciate for their work
  • Reprimanding errors: while this appears counter intuitive, this builds trust by showing you trust the individual but want to prevent the error from reoccurring

It is pretty clear to see some distinct commonalities between two entirely different takes on the subject of leadership. Taking lessons from The Godfather and using the three practices of trust will certainly help to build a loyal and hardworking following.

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