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In this chapter, we discuss how courage, authenticity, and humility, all key characteristics of positive organizational scholarship (POS) leaders, enable leaders to be more likely to engage in trusting behavior with others. Moreover, our research has found that a leader demonstrates his or her trustworthiness by demonstrating reliability, openness, competence, and compassion. These trustworthiness dimensions contribute to a leader’s ability to create and sustain hope, thus creating a circle of trusted others that includes colleagues and subordinates whom he or she can rely on and who in turn relies on him or her. Through this trusting behavior, the leader empowers others and provides hope for the future, leading to lasting positive changes for the organization and creating a culture of trust.
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