August 06, 2020
Those Who Trust Us, Educate Us


"Those who trust us, educate us." - George Eliot

NOTE: What follows is a guest post from Mohammed Azim, Secondary School Head of English, Teacher, and Coach at Al Siraat College, in Epping, Australia. Mohammed is one of 33 teachers and staff members participating in Idea Champions' four-month Team Leadership Training, one module of which focuses on trust.

"I like the above quotation by the English novelist, Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot!

I am also reminded of our beloved Prophet and Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him), who said: "When a man says something to someone and then turns to you, then it is a trust." Our religion demands that we all be characterized by the nature of trust.

We ought to acknowledge that the need for trust in the workplace is a fundamental building block of any organization. Simply put, when you trust people, you have confidence in them -- in their integrity and their abilities. When you distrust people, you are suspicious of them -- their integrity, their agenda, their capabilities, or their track record.

There are five things the George Eliot quote taught me:

1. I come to truly feel loved by those who I work with in a team. Isn't this bonding for success? I learn the greatest lesson here -- trust is reciprocal.

2. If there is no trust, there is no us! Simple education for me, first -- attempting to lead a team at Al Siraat College. Indeed, healthy relationships arise from mutual trust.

3. I constantly learn from my team about what it means to be supported, assisted, and respected. I thought I was educating them, but, behold! They were educating me!

4. The good I say to my team, the good they say to me, the good we say and do together, makes our work more enjoyable and stress-free! This is an impactful education for the leader in me!

5. Finally, my team trusts me without fear -- that is why we are the envy of others... a great education again for me and us!

Indeed, trust is the foundation for building strong teams, creating a positive work culture, and producing results. If you want to know the true meaning of trust -- how about looking at those who trust you? In fact, they will educate you on everything about trust as I have found in my 33 years of being an educator."

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at August 6, 2020 11:00 PM

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