Trust Styles (How We Trust) – Rhoads Life Coaching

Have you ever thought about HOW you trust something? I have written previously about the components of trust. But, did you know there were different trust styles? Robert Fisher created a model for describing them and it is a useful tool in coaching around the topic of trust.

The four trust styles are:

Trust Until – A positive approach of looking for the facts until I see data to prove that I can’t trust you.

Trust Still – A positive approach of believing in something even if there is data that does not support trust.

Suspicious Until – A negative approach where I am reluctant to trust until I see data that supports being able to trust something.

Suspicious Still – A negative approach where I am unable to trust even in the face of data that says I can.

What style do you use? It should depend on the situation, your personal experiences, beliefs, and personality. You likely use all four in some fashion. But do you rely too heavily on one? What styles do your customers and clients use? Your employees and coworkers? Understanding why you (or someone else) is using a specific trust style may help in building trust in that relationship! Which style is your default, and which style do you need to practice developing? Are you using the appropriate style at the appropriate time? – www.rhoadscoaching.com

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