John Maxwell stated in his opening speech to the United Nations, there are three questions every follower asks of a leader:
* Do you care about me?
* Can you help me?
* Can I trust you?
Maxwell purports that in every culture, society and nation, people ask those three questions of their leaders, and they do so continually.
Before you set your first goal or write down your vision, (and mark my word, you should engage in both of those activities on a regular basis) you need to set an appointment with your direct reports. Start by scheduling a couple of hours with each person, just to talk. Perhaps you can take them to lunch. Get to know them. Find out what their strengths are; what their goals and desires are; and what they need from you to be successful. As you carefully create, nurture and develop real and distinct relationships with each of your direct reports, they will in turn learn to trust you, and more importantly, they’ll strive to be someone you can trust.