Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Breaking the Trust Barrier: How Leaders Close the Gaps for High Performance

By J.V. Venable
Barrett-Koehler     2016
189 pages     Nonfiction
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From the summary of Breaking the Trust Barrier: "On the ground or in the air, from line supervisor to CEO, we all face the same challenge. Our job is to entice those we lead to close the gaps that slow the whole team down -- gaps in commitment, loyalty, and trust. Every bit of closure requires your people to let go of biases and mental safeguards that hold them back." 

By the time most people complete a career, they have worked for and with many diverse types of leaders, each of whom has his or her own leadership style. Venale asserts that in work teams, trust is a component that is often missing. Leaders, then, must create an environment of trust that will bridge the many gaps that can emerge when trust is not present. He presents an eloquent argument for creating trust. He has seeded his points with insightful illustrations about how trust can transform a work environment.

Venable is a retired Air Force Colonel, a Top Gun. He commanded the USAF Thunderbirds as well as over 1000 men who flew combat aircraft. His research on leadership comes from that career experience. 

Breaking the Trust Barrier is an insightful book with many valuable lessons to be learned. I received a review copy from the publicist, and I will definitely recommend it to my business students for use as a reference as they prepare their papers on leadership.

You can find J.V. Venable's website here.

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