“Having another person’s trust is more powerful than all of the other leadership techniques put together.”

Linus Torvalds (Dec. 28, 1969 - ) Finnish-American software engineer

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December 1, 2020
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Linus Torvalds is the developer of the open-source code Linux kernel.  He is an interesting individual, having been named in 1999 as one of the world’s top 100 innovators and a self-professed failure as a leader.  To this latter point he is quoted as calling himself a “really unpleasant person” who would like to “curse less and encourage people to grow rather than calling them idiots.  I tried, but it is just not in me.”  All that said, how does a leader engender trust?  Please consider some ideas on the topic that I discovered in an Inc. Magazine article a few years back.

·        Believe the unbelievable – stretch out your company’s goals and bring people along for the fantastic journey.

·        Protect others and take the hit when a bus appears.

·        Embrace a larger purpose – help people advance their careers and give them the opportunity to succeed through empowerment and support.

·        See opportunity in uncertainty and back others through ambiguity.

·        Even though you have been there and done that……keep doing that.

·        Believe in others even when they do not believe in themselves.

·        Lead by permission, not authority.

Born exactly 51 years ago this month, Torvalds might not know how to develop trust with people – but he is quite accurate about its importance in leadership.

Perform better!

Posted on
December 1, 2020