Easy to define. Not so easy to achieve. Trust is built over many interactions and sometimes is lost instantaneously with one bad choice. Without trust a leader has little ability to build relationships or to motivate staff. A leader must realize that trust is not about being right. Trust is about being real. It is about being able to admit mistakes and say you are sorry. It is about listening and caring about other’s points of view. It is about seeking input and making real considerations of the input received. Ultimately, building trust is based on trusting others. My sixteen years of building leadership have humbled my pride and taught me that I what do not know greatly exceeds what I do know. I have to know my strengths, but even more important, I need to know my weaknesses and to be able reach for help when I need it. Trust requires transparency and open reflection. I must admit that I am not as good at building trust as I should be. I know experience has helped me grow, but I am not done growing yet. If fact, the moment I am done growing, it will be time for me to let someone else lead, because if I am unable to demonstrate my own growth, how can I expect staff and students to grow? If I do not have their trust, why would they accept my challenge in the first place?