The Trusted Executive – Leadership Development

As pioneers in leadership development we specialise in helping businesses build a leadership agenda based on trust. Understanding the fundamental need for leaders to prioritise purpose, long-term thinking and positive societal impact – our aim is for you to achieve a positive and enduring culture change.

Our ‘Nine Habits of Trust’ methodology has been developed through extensive academic research and has inspired more than 10,000 leaders across the globe. The habits collectively inspire results, relationships and reputation, and are at the cornerstone of our leadership development framework.

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Business Benefits

The business impacts of having a high trust culture have been well documented. These impacts can be summarised under the triple bottom line headings of results, relationships and reputation.


“Since 2009 America’s most trustworthy organisations have delivered 81.6% ROI compared to 46.3% ROI of the 500 largest companies in the US in the same period.”
Trust Across America


“Compared to employees of low trust organisations, employees of high trust organisations report 74% less stress, 50% higher productivity, 13% fewer sick days and 76% more engagement.”
HBR (Dec 2016) The Neuroscience of Trust


“75% agree a company can take specific actions that both increase profits and improve economic and social conditions in the community where it operates.”
2017 Edelman Annual Trust Barometer

How can we help?

Research from the Trusted Executive identified that 89% of board leaders consider trust to be a critical factor in attracting and retaining top talent. A further 91% felt trust is essential to maintaining customer loyalty. But despite trust being such an important component in organisational success, most leadership teams have no mechanism for measuring trust – and worse – many often destroy it.

That’s where the Trusted Executive comes in. We focus on building trust by developing the right leadership behaviours to create a positive, enduring culture. Because until you’ve changed your behaviour, change isn’t going to become real or lasting.

Journey of Trust

Our structured leadership development programme is built around “The Journey of Trust”, a proven model and diagnostic tool developed by our founder John Blakey, through extensive academic research. This journey is a phased approach that enables leadership teams to adopt the nine habits, until they become normal behaviour.

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