To gain a reputation that you are resourceful, colleagues need to trust you first.

3 simple steps to establish trust:

1. Genuinely establish a willingness-to-learn attitude. “Can you help me please?” is a magical phrase that will make even strangers to help you. It will work better in a corporate environment. Your honesty is established when you acknowledge that you don’t know something. Honesty is the first step to building trust.

2. Understand short and long term visions of the team. Be genuinely curious about your manager’s challenges. Express your willingness to go the extra mile for the team and proactively take up responsibilities.

3. Get acquainted with cross functional teams during breaks. Don’t limit interactions to your team only. There will be many opportunities to interact with cross functional teams that will be part of your work. Do not shy away from such opportunities.

This will ensure your gain a reputation for your resourcefulness. In the long run, people exhibiting these traits eventually end up in leadership roles. It all begins with trust.

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