How To Be A Valuable Trusted Advisor

In your leadership role you are often called upon to be a trusted advisor. Follow these tips from Kristi Hedges, author of, The Power of Presence, for how to be that type of valuable, trusted advisor:
  • Be consistent (dependable)
  • Help the person see things from a fresh perspective
  • Don't substitute your judgment for the other person's
  • Help the person think and separate logic from emotion
  • Provide reasoning, rather than your own conclusions
  • Make the person feel comfortable 
  • Be honorable
  • Help the person put their issues in context, often through the use of metaphors, stories, and anecdotes (few problems are completely unique)
  • Have a sense of humor to defuse tension in tough situations


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