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The Story

It all started in autumn 2016 when three passionate individuals who met in a conference room in San Diego ended up talking about TRUST. We shared a common feeling of frustration as we haven’t seen any product addressing the complexity of this topic. A product that is backed up with validated research and accessible in a virtual delivery.


Six months later, in February 2017, our curriculum and trust framework was theoretically designed after we had consulted with leadership development experts and carefully examined over 30 peer-reviewed publications.

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In August 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden, we facilitated 8 pilot workshops that involved 150 leaders from different companies. During the workshops we delivered our learning experience and participants also took our assessments on the subject. Curriculum content and activities were iteratively refined from participants’ feedback.


During 2018 we launched an additional three studies involving 3,125 total participants. These 3 studies enabled us to produce the 33-item TrustScore assessment that was then  launched in San Diego, California with a group of leaders across various industries and once again refined from participants’ feedback.

In 2019 our TrustScore assessment was completed by 3 organizations in Sweden, and data was collected from 1,642 respondents. 
This data was used to generate norms and cut scores for the creation of the Trust Score report.


During 2020 we further developed our online capacity with visual material and resources to support a 100% virtual delivery.
During the pandemic this was launched in multiple international organizations in Sweden.

It took us five years, but today we are proud to be living our dream having established:

TRUST – at the other end of complexity
A rigorous and validated framework to measure and develop both head- and heart trust

A 100% virtual and digital format


The Authors


Dr. Drea Zigarmi

Drea is a highly respected and experienced management consultant, author, and powerful trainer and motivational speaker.


For the past 40 years, he has been head of research and development for The Ken Blanchard Companies and founding associate of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He has co-authored several best-selling books, including Leadership and The One Minute Manager and The Leader Within.

His diverse client list includes Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer, Eli Lilly, GM, Toyota, Honda, Lockheed, Gulf Oil, and Chevron; athletic teams such as the San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago Cubs; and government organizations and nonprofits such as the Department of Defense, the U.S. Post Office, the County of San Diego, and Denver Public Schools.

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Dr. Taylor Peyton

Taylor Peyton, Ph.D., advocates for human flourishing in the workplace.  She is an author and speaker on topics that enhance people’s self-determination and authentic connection to others.  Her academic publications and areas of expertise include leader and employee authenticity, motivation, trust building, and passion for work.  For a decade she has served in consultative and advisory roles for companies, creating leadership development trainings and psychometrically rigorous soft skills assessments.  Over the last four years, Dr. Peyton worked at Boston University full-time as a research professor of leadership and workplace psychology. Now opting to focus on applied work, she is currently President of an international distribution startup for science-based workshops that educate leaders on how to keep their teams optimally motivated. She is also Senior Organizational Psychologist for BiasSync, a DEIA training company that reduces the negative impact of unconscious bias in organizations.


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Mattias Dahlgren
Founder & CEO Great Leaders

My personal mantra is ”Live as you will die tomorrow – learn as you never will die”.  


Since 2006 I have dedicated my life to my passion - developing Great Leadership in companies around the world. In 2007 it became clear to me that my mission was to enable more people to experience and share the power of Great Leadership. And so, Great Leaders was born.


After training leaders and executives in some of Sweden’s most prolific unicorns, I realized how important it was to have managers that foster a culture of trust and learning and in turn, enabling strong self leadership at all levels.

Back in 2017, in close cooperation with our pioneer clients, we began developing a rigorous and validated framework that empowers organizations and leaders to communicate and build a culture of trust.

Mattias on LinkedIn

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