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Leading Leaders by Jeswald W. Salacuse

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CHAPTER 11

TASK NO. 7 : TRUST CREATION

Capitalizing Your Leadership

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.

—RALPH WALDO EMERSON1

SHORTLY AFTER I BECAME dean of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Law School, a senior member of the faculty congratulated me on the appointment, saying ‘‘I’m glad you’re dean, because I trust you.’’ At first I was flattered by his confidence in me, but then I began to think: ‘‘Wait a minute! That’s it? He’s glad I’m dean just because he trusts me? Nothing about my vision? My energy? My knowledge of legal education?’’ He had said nothing about those things, and I don’t think he felt they mattered much as far as selecting a dean was concerned. For him, the ...

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