Monday, April 3, 2023

Trust by Dr. Henry Cloud Book Review

About the Book:

New York Times bestselling author, psychologist, and leadership expert Henry Cloud equips us to understand and manage trust for successful relationships through five foundational aspects.

Trust is the fuel for all of life. We are wired biologically, neurologically, emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically to trust. Trust is the currency that drives every relationship, beginning with the foundational bond between infants and their mothers, extending to the trust networks that undergird every human endeavor – art, science, commerce – and binding together every relationship we have ever had or ever will have. Nothing in our world works without trust.

It is tempting to think that trust is simple, that we should be able to spot a lack of trustworthiness relatively easily. But we all have our stories about misplaced trust. We either missed clear or subtle warning signs or there just were not any warning signs to see. Everything looked good on the surface, and maybe it was. But we got burned anyway.

And sometimes we struggle to earn and keep the trust of those around us when trust bonds fail to form or are broken. When trust breaks down, so does our ability to move forward.

Dr. Cloud explores the five foundational aspects of trust that must be present for any relationship to function successfully and helps us to understand how to implement them. He also guides us through the difficult process of repairing trust when it has been violated and broken, even when restoring trust feels impossible.

Rich with wisdom drawn from decades of experience in clinical practice, business consulting and research, Trust is the ultimate resource for managing this most complex and fundamental of human bonds, allowing us to experience more fruitful and rewarding relationships in every area of our lives.

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My Review:

What an enlightening book. I had no idea trust was so important and necessary. Reading Cloud's book helped me understand why some people seem to rub me the wrong way, so to speak. But I also learned that trust is certainly more than just a feeling. I appreciate Cloud teaching us how to recognize the characteristics leading to trust and how we can become a trustworthy person. Understanding is a big part of it and listening is the foundation to that understanding. He explores the additional aspects of motive, ability, character, and track record. He gives loads of examples from his own experiences, including what can be accomplished when trust is established.

This is a good book for us to become better at deciding who is trustworthy and whether we should put ourselves at risk or not. It is also good for knowing how to handle a situation when trust has been broken, including how to repair the relationship. This book is full of wisdom and practical teaching.

My rating: 5/5 stars.


About the Author:

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author. His 45 books, including the iconic Boundaries, have sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as a leadership consultant, devoting the majority of his time working with CEOs, leadership teams, and executives to improve performance, leadership skills and culture.

Worthy Publishers, 304 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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