The Hidden Side of Trust: Supporting and Sustaining Leaps of Faith among Firefighters

  • Michael G. Pratt, Douglas A. Lepisto, Erik Dane
  • Administrative Science Quarterly, April 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0001839218769252

What helps people take a leap of faith?

What is it about?

To trust someone is to take a risk that the other person will come through for you. But what allows us to take that leap of faith? A study of firefighters who have to trust their co-workers with their lives, often without "good" evidence of how they will perform in a fire situation, shows how occupations help its members to willfully accept the uncertainty that goes with the job.

Why is it important?

Leaps of faith are essential in many types of trust, but we we know very little about what encourages people to take them.

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