Hello! In The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook: A Comprehensive Toolkit for Leading with Trust, Charlie Green and I defined five core skills for leading with trust: listen, risk, improvise, partner, and know yourself. While it would be tough to pick only one as the most critical skill, I’d pick listening. Why? Because masterful listening is one of the fastest ways to build intimacy in any relationship. It’s also an essential (albeit unexpected) driver of influence.