This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.
A competency model won’t answer the mail when it comes to building trustworthiness—in fact, there’s risk in attempting to reduce trust to a series of behavioral definitions. At the same time, there is value in culling down the essential skills of a trusted advisor to a practical number. Charlie Green and I specifically identified five in The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook. Heads up: each skill is at risk of being easily dismissed as too basic to merit your attention. Don’t be fooled.