London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Leadership, trust, and cooperation: Implications for community building in multicultural settings

Author(s) Fortlouis Wood, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
Trust in has been identified as an important component in leader-follower relationships, as it predicts cooperation, commitment to collective goals, organisational identification, and employee well-being. This paper examines theories regarding trust development, particularly the role of trust in evolutionary adaptation, and the value of healthy distrust in addressing environmental risks. Through examination of research on safety practices in high-risk occupations, as well as cross-cultural studies, the concept of trust is explored in relation to fundamental elements that may be applied to organisations with culturally diverse memberships. Keywords: Trust, leadership, cooperation, multi-cultural

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