HOW IMPORTANT IS TRUST IN A TEAM?

Have you ever tried to manage a large group with members who do not understand each other? If you have, then you might just understand what this topic is about. It does not matter whether it is a regular school project team or an office working team. Trust is an important concept that needs to be practiced within the team members. One should trust the work of others along with their capabilities and responsibilities. Fighting over the rights and negligence to share information may lead to non-cooperation among the team members. Only with the help of the trust you will have the ability to understand the full potential of the other members.

Trust empowers each team member to be more potent as a group and individual. So as a leader, it is critical to maintain trust between colleagues.

What is the significance of trust?

Trust helps maintain reliance on character strength and the ability of another person. To operate and maintain an effective team, you must create trust between all members of the group. By maintaining trust, you can -

  • Improve the innovative skills of team members and allow them to perform creative thinking, while enhancing productivity.
  • Share knowledge about the project with members of the team.
  • Create an environment of open communication that makes them feel safe with each other.

How do I build trust?

If you want to create a culture of trust between the members, you can follow certain activities and steps. As a leader, you must build trust among the fellow workers in the following ways:

Lead by example

Sharing trust is a two-way thing. If you want your members to trust each other, you must trust others and show it to them. Always understand that your team members look up to you, and therefore, it is your actions that generously allows them to understand and practice the same. 

Open communication

Communicating freely with each other is essential to improve trust in an organisation. If you are looking for a perfect way to accomplish this, then create a non-official environment for them that will allow them to relax peacefully. For example, a simple picnic or team workshop will work better to improve their communication skills and build interpersonal relationships. Encourage discussions between team members and allow them to ask questions with each other. Such activities enhance communication skills between colleagues and create a bond, along with trust. 

Avoid blame

When there is an issue with a project or the business, the team leader should take ownership. Blaming other team members or creating a situation where they place blame on each other will only erode trust. Encourage every member in the group to avoid those mistakes made, in future, constructively. 

This approach of building trust is applicable even with a team working virtually or remotely, not only in a physical office environment. By providing constant information to team members and creating a transparent environment between them, you can consistently maintain trust among each other for a long time.