Top Tips on Trusting Leaders

Leaders can establish trust in their organisations by encouraging an individual’s being and doing.

In this episode, I chat with Conor O’Malley an executive coach, author, speaker, and known as the CEO’s Caddy. We discuss the top tips on trusting leaders.

For Conor, trust is an assessment, and through his R.I.S.C.C.C factors, business executives can evaluate if they are instituting trust within the organization.

People may find themselves consistently asking “How do I trust you? Or how do I trust me?” The only answer to this is – trust begins and ends with the self. It’s a consistent commitment to perform self-assessment.

When leaders constantly assess themselves they become more clear, they learn the art of asking questions and the company’s input is always better. They develop both the vulnerability and the courage to lead their people in climbing the ladder of success. 

Time Stamps:

  • Conor’s background story (02:20)
  • The moment that pushed him to make the big switch (04:10)
  • Ways of being and ways of doing (08:11)
  • Trust in leadership in the present (11:25)
  • The R.I.S.C.C.C factors of trust (12:22)
  • The impacts of the lack of trust (17:00)
  • How to establish trust (24:37)
  • Ways to fix broken trust (28:50)
  • The pandemic’s effect on trust in leadership (31:15)

Resources Mentioned


  • “Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” – Alan Watts
  • “I see trust ultimately as a verb, as a doing which is delivering on your commitment to self and others.” – Conor O’Malley
  • “To me, it’s like reputation, it takes a long time to potentially build up that trust, and yet you can lose it quite suddenly.” – Lisa Evans
  • “The oracle of trust from a societal perspective says in the last 12 months, that business went up in its relative trust than others.” – Conor O’Malley

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Your Host Lisa Evans is one of Australia’s leading Executive Public Speaking Coaches and Corporate Storytelling Trainers. If you would like help with training your team in soft skills, public speaking and business storytelling, get in touch with Lisa. Lisa offers a complimentary 30-minute strategy session to find out if you are a good fit to work together.
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You can get a copy of Conor’s book “Trust Begins and Ends with Selfhere

About Conor O’Malley

Conor is not a stranger to diversity, he is a Scot with an Irish name and English accent who is now an Aussie too! He moved to Australia in 2006 with his wife Paula and their kids, Sean and Charlotte. 

He is fondly known as the CEO’s caddy,  where he serves and walks alongside business executives as they go through their journey to success.