Would you rather be a high performer, who is not trusted, or someone who people can trust but a low performer?
Most of us would choose the high trust, low performance traits. Why? Because humans are social animals.
In hunter gatherer times, our ancestors relied on each other to stay alive. It was impossible to defeat a predator alone, but as a group you can team up and survive.
But in the real world, especially in cut throat business environments, we prefer high performance, low trust individuals.
As Simon Sinek says,:
In business, they give bonuses to people who sacrifice others so that they may gain — Simon Sinek
This is true for most of us, we’re often drawn to narcessitic personalities and selfish individuals for reasons we can’t articulate.
But in the military, its the oppoiste.
The military is an extraordinary place to be. To get in you have to be extremely fit, and a large amount of lack.
But what's the most important trait they look for in the military?
A commander was once asked, if you could choose the high performer, low trust, or the low performer, high trust, which person would you choose?
He said, trust is more important than anything.
When you’re going into war, you can’t be 50/50 about your team mates. Everyone has to respect and trust the guy sitting next to them.
They have this rule, look out for the two men either side of you, and you’ll be alright.
The majority of use may not ever join the military, but we can still learn from their principles and practices, and apply it our lives.
Watch this talk by Simon Sinek if you have or have not already. Worth watching over and over again.