The Speed of Trust, by Stephen M.R. Covey is one of those books that become a beacon for all of the work and efforts that you engage in. Recommended to me by a colleague, I have already taken advantage of numerous opportunities to embed the ideas presented in this book into my work.

In typical Covey style, this book is jam-packed full of seemingly common-sense ideas that will transform your outlook on your actions, interactions, and perceptions. Every leader – and aspiring leader – should read this book at least once (though I plan on giving it another read next year).

Ideas Worth Remembering

  • In a company, high trust materially improves communication, collaboration, execution, innovation, strategy, engagement, partnering, and relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Trust is a function of two things: character and competence. Character includes your integrity, your motive, your intent with people. Competence includes your capabilities, your skills, your results, your track record. And both are vital.
  • Trust basically boils down to these four issues: your integrity, your intent, your capabilities, and your results. Your credibility depends on these four factors.
  • I have found nothing more valuable than the creation of a mission statement or credo, whether it be personal, family, or organizational. Creating an expression of what you stand for – and living by it – will pay great dividends in helping you become credible and trusted.
  • On every level, in every relationship, your brand, your reputation makes a difference. That difference is quantifiable – and it is directly related to trust, speed, and cost.

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