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Aiming for a Promotion in the New Year? 4 Habits That Show Your Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness is a soft skill that ensures success. Find out how to master it.

Do you want more responsibility at work or to forge more meaningful friendships? You need to be a trustworthy person. You must keep secrets entrusted to you. Here are 4 other habits you can practice that help foster trust.

Skip the Gossip

The obvious habit of keeping secrets extends to the water cooler. You’re willing to divulge secrets when you engage in office or neighborhood gossip. Avoid gossip, speculation with no firsthand knowledge, and general tongue wagging.

Be Punctual

Punctuality infers respect of someone else’s time, and respect leads to trust. Getting in the habit of reporting on time, every time, is an easy way for people to see that you’re trustworthy.

Apologize for Mistakes

No one is perfect, and owning your mistakes means you’re honest about that. And honesty breeds trust. Don’t be stingy with apologies about your own errors. This gives the impression that you don’t believe you have shortcomings.

Be Humble

Shine the spotlight on the triumphs of those around you rather than promoting your own work. Acknowledge team efforts. Thank people for praise. Mention those without whom your success was not possible.