Why asking for help is important to building trust? 

By Robbie MacCue

In my experience, asking for help is seen as a weakness by default and typically influenced by past experiences of failure, reinforcing the saying “if I want it done right, I’ll do it myself.”

Unfortunately this thinking keeps most leaders in overwhelm and decreases trust within a team. The #1 job of a leader is to create more leaders, to develop others. 

When those past experiences of failure pop up, reflect on how you could have been more clear & take 100% responsible for the outcome — not from blame but a source of power to have a different outcome. Acknowledging that those past experiences also does not mean the future outcome will be the same.

Encouraging others to seek help, insights & advice can invite new perspectives and shine a light on blind spots we all have.

Asking for input and advice can create a healthy dialog and more trust.

Remember to also be more aware of how you respond (or react) when others ask for help. “We’re always training those around us how they should interact with us.”

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Robbie MacCue

Robbie is the cofounder of the EMS Leadership Academy, host of the EMS Leadership Summit, and paramedic captain in Albany, NY where he serves in the Special Operations Division for ground rescue, flight, & tactical medicine. He performs international medical flights with North America's largest fixed wing Air Ambulance service. For more than 14 years, Robbie served as President of a non-profit EMS organization advocating for increased funding and raising the bar of excellence. In addition, Robbie is an American Heart Association advocate who is passionate about empowering others to save more lives. He has taught physicians, nurses, and other medical providers Advanced Cardiac Life Support at medical schools and hospitals throughout Manhattan. Robbie has undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University and provides business consulting that combines his love of technology with healthcare.

Robbie MacCue

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