Do you trust your boss?

Leadership is still a hot topic in the press but leaders themselves have been getting a bad press. Employees trust CEOs who do their job well but the leaders also have to be principled and honest.

Management Today in conjunction with the Institute of Leadership and Management carried out a survey of approx 3000 managers and 2500 non-managers to produce an Index of Leadership Trust.

In an article in September’s Management Today describing the survey, about a third of both managers and non-managers reported having no or low trust in their management team! 

And the bigger the organisation the less trust in CEOs; the longer you have worked there the less you trust CEOs and line managers!

Interestingly male non-managers trust female CEOs less than male CEOs (the opposite is true for female non-managers) but trust female line managers slightly more than male ones. There are no differences in trust levels between male and female managers,

Women learning the art of leading men was featured in this article reported in the Sunday Times. It says basically treat them as if they are from a different culture – shades of Men are from Mars?

The trust theme was also picked up on the Observer on 27/9/09 with the headline: “Trust in bosses sinks to all-time low”. They attributed this largely to the MPs’ expenses scandal.

The Trust in Professions survey carried out by the Royal College of Physicians found that only 25% of staff think bosses tell the truth. Doctors by the way remain the most trusted!


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