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The Foundation of Healthy Relationships

May 20, 2021
By John Zeswitz

Categories: Leadership & Organizational Development

The Foundation of Healthy Relationships

“Trust is the glue of life… It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”

– Stephen Covey

The glue of life. I like that.

We believe that trust is the foundation of healthy relationships. To be among a group of people where you can trust and be trusted is a place of encouragement, a refuge, indeed a sanctuary. Trust implies a safe place, not an easy one. In trust there is room for disagreement and conflict. We are free to fully enter in with our thoughts, observations, perspectives, and opinions because we know we can trust one another.

Trust stands out as a beacon in a culture where the genuine exchange of ideas and appreciation of essential human dignity are too often missing.  Trust is the light on a rocky outcropping that says, “you are welcome here.”

Without trust, you cannot have a healthy and vulnerable exchange of ideas. Without trust, the loudest voice in the room often wins. Without trust, full commitment is absent. Productivity suffers. Results decline.

Trust is rooted in understanding, not assumption. Humility, not position. Servanthood, not authority.

But let’s not forget, trust is fragile. And because it is so, we can become reluctant to extend trust. Past hurts, broken promises, and betrayals are all part of the human experience.  Yet our alternative is to move through life without ever experiencing the great rewards of trustworthy relationships.

Trust opens the door to the richness of human experience and organizational accomplishment.  Properly stewarded trust becomes remarkably durable, opening the door to an engaging future of possibility!

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