Top 10 Quotes from The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey

Top 10 Quotes from The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey

…And why trust is the one thing that changes everything!

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Why Covey Wrote this Book:

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There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization throughout the world – one thing which, if removed, will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential leadership, the greatest friendship, the strongest character, the deepest love.

On the other hand, if developed and leveraged, that one thing has the potential to create unparalleled success and prosperity in every dimension of life.  Yet, it is the least understood, most neglected, and most underestimated possibility of our time.

That one thing is trust.

Trust impacts us 24/7, 365 days a year.  It undergirds and affects the quality of every relationship, every communication, every work project, every business venture, every effort in which we are engaged.  It changes the quality of every present moment and alters the trajectory and outcome of every future moment of our lives – both personally and professionally.

Contrary to what most people believe, trust is not some soft, illusive quality that you either have or you don’t; rather, trust is a pragmatic, tangible, actionable asset that you can create – much faster than you probably think possible.

While corporate scandals, terrorist threats, office politics, and broken relationships have created low trust on almost every front, I contend that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust is not only vital to our personal and interpersonal well-being; it is the key leadership competency of the new global economy.

I am also convinced that in every situation, nothing is as fast as the speed of trust. And contrary to popular belief, trust is something you can do something about.  In fact, you can get good at creating it!

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Top 10 Quote List from the Book:

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“Over time, I have come to this simple definition of leadership: Leadership is getting results in a way that inspires trust.”


“I know it is possible not only to restore trust but to actually enhance it. The difficult things that we go through with the important people in our lives can become fertile ground for the growth of enduring trust – trust that is actually stronger because it’s been tested and proved through challenge.”


“One of the fastest ways to restore trust is to make and keep commitments – even very small commitments – to ourselves and to others.”


“The reality is that everybody makes mistakes. The issue isn’t whether you will make them, it’s what you will do about them. It’s whether you will choose the path of humility and courage or the path of ego and pride.”


“By behaving in ways that build trust with one, you build trust with many.”



“It’s not that we ignore our weaknesses; rather, we make our weaknesses irrelevant by working effectively with others so that we compensate for our weaknesses through their strengths and they compensate for their weaknesses through our strengths.”


“When you make a commitment to yourself, do so with the clear understanding that you’re pledging your integrity.”


“We tend to get what we expect – both from ourselves and from others. When we expect more, we tend to get more; when we expect less, we tend to get less.”


“Unless you’re continually improving your skills, you’re quickly becoming irrelevant.”


“How does humility manifest itself in leadership and in life? A humble person is more concerned about what is right than about being right, about acting on good ideas than having the ideas, about embracing new truth than defending outdated position, about building the team than exalting self, about recognizing contribution than being recognized for making it.”

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Application Exercises:

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Reflect on the following questions honestly:

Do you feel like you are a trustworthy person?  

Do you say what’s on your mind?  Do you speak about people the same way to others when they are present as you do when they are not present?  When you tell somebody that you’re going to do something, do you follow through with your word?  Do you find yourself early and on-time to meetings and commitments or late and sometimes canceling?  Do you tend to avoid difficult situations or confront them head on?  When something goes wrong do you find yourself looking for someone to blame or find yourself looking in the mirror?

In The Speed of Trust, Covey outlines 13 Behaviors of High Trust.  These behaviors identify and explain the various ways you can become a more trustworthy person in all of your relationships.

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Keep the Momentum Going!

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