Of Course My Team Trusts One Another!

by Sheila K. on June 9th, 2015

Of Course My Team Trusts One AnotherIf fact, they’ve been together so long, they finish each other’s sentences!  Over and over again, the word trust is used… and misused.  In fact, it seems, this controversial term implies something different to nearly everyone.

For highly productive, satisfied teams–those that perform effectively, consistently over time, trust IS their solid foundation; their competitive advantage. But cohesive teams require more than the ability to predict behavior based on past interactions or experience working together.  Cohesive team members are open to being  vulnerable with each other knowing their colleagues always have their backs.

There’s no reason, then, to be guarded about their weaknesses, less than honest with their constructive feedback or hesitant to ask for help when they need it.  In fact, the transparency of a cohesive team encourages a free exchange of ideas, challenges and diverse perspectives as colleagues have the best intentions for each other as they focus on the collective success of the team.

What are the warning signs that your team lacks vulnerability-based
trust and may need your encouragement and support to build or nurture it?

Here are 5 indicators of when a team needs to build more trust:

  1. Team members hesitate to ask for help or advice outside their own areas of responsibility.  They often rely on the team leader for answers and resources.
  2. Team members jump to conclusions about their colleagues’ motives, skills or approaches to work or personal issues.
  3. Team members conceal their lack of knowledge or experience, areas of needed professional or personal development and mistakes from one other.
  4. Team members find ways to blame others when the group misses its targets rather than acknowledge personal responsibility. Again; often holding the team leader responsible.
  5. Team members rarely apologize to one another.

Click here to see an example of a team without trust.

What about the team you lead?  How about the team you participate on every day?

Based on the best selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a  Team and powered by the behavior-based research of Everything DiSC®, the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™  reveals the degree to which a cohesive team expresses each of these five behaviors:  vulnerability based TRUST, healthy, unfiltered CONFLICT, clarity and COMMITMENT, peer ACCOUNTABILITY and a focus on the collective RESULTS of the team.

To learn more and to discover how your team embodies these Five Behaviors, contact Sheila Krejci, MEd HRD, Accredited Team Leader & Facilitator.