Some of the best managers I have worked with were renowned around the office for their straight-forward honesty. They mostly directed it toward a situation, but if you dropped the ball they would call you on it in a matter-of-fact way. More importantly, they expected the same honesty from you, particularly if something went wrong. What they wanted to hear was simple: what went wrong, how to get it back on track and who owns it. Their focus was on dealing with facts and moving on. While they had the backgrounds, positions and accomplishments to warrant respect, so did many of their peers who did not have the same loyalty from their teams. One of the things that set the best leaders apart was their ability to be candid and still maintain mutual respect. It was a core part of their characters.
The quote above sums it up nicely: loyalty is returned when there is mutual respect and honesty, which are the keys to trust.
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