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Businesses are built on foundations. They start from a small idea, a "what if," and blossom into full-blown enterprises. Getting an idea off the ground is hard enough, but encouraging the smallest snippet of the mind to grow up and become a fully-realized dream is quite another. Once people have the business open, they think they've made it. They aren't wrong, but they haven't made it all the way. Business owners and leaders hopefully have a long road ahead after their grand openings. What they need to know is that well-placed trust is going to be one of their biggest tools to achieve success. 

Trust in others
In order to get funding and to get that dream started, business owners had to have a great deal of trust placed in them. Now, it's their turn to dole out trust in return. A leader needs to learn to let go of every aspect of the business and let others assist. Employees are a part of the enterprise because they want to be there, but giving them proper responsibilities and letting them do their jobs can be very difficult for some owners. If a leader seems to be running the show solo, this can instill hostility in employees and create a dissonance that could potentially be fatal for the business, asserted Forbes. Being as open and honest as possible with those working hard for the enterprise can feel unsettling, but it's important to have others feel that trust. In order to be respected, a leader must be trusted. Those positive vibes can then be passed from the walls of the business to the consumer. Customers respond well to businesses that have happy management and staff, and that can only be good for business. 

Trust in one self
Obviously, people who go forth and start businesses have a good deal of self-confidence. It is possible to get so wrapped up in the craziness of the enterprise that one can lose of the goals and ideals of the original foundation. As a leader, one must not forget to have faith in one self when it comes to making everyday choices and tough decisions. Entrepreneur noted that many successful heads of enterprises are able to find such success by listening to their gut. Of course, not every idea is going to be great and not every move will be widely accepted, but it's important to consider that first reaction. Adversely, it's imperative for a business owner to trust him/herself to the point where even mistakes can be turned into learning opportunities. Encouraging that growth can be daunting and humbling, but also very rewarding. 

The idea of trust being a building block of business is often implied but very rarely mentioned by name. Trust falls into all areas – the brand, the employees, the customers, the partners, etc. – and it's important to cultivate that skill in order to move up in the realm of enterprise and become a time-tested brand.