Do they trust you?

November 10, 2020

In large part, your success as a leader is directly proportional to the trust your team has in you.

When team members trust their leader, commitment to team goals improves on an individual and collective level – communication is improved and both creativity and productivity increases.

But trust and respect go both ways – to get it, you’ve got to give it.
If you want to motivate your team, you have to empower and encourage each member to be the very best they can.
That means letting them know you believe in them.
It means giving them the opportunity to show you what they can do.
When they do something great, don’t steal their thunder.
Let their achievements shine brightly and others will want to follow.

Three key behaviours are essential to build trust in your team.

  1. Nurture and develop positive relationships within your team.
    Encourage your team to engage and cooperate with each other, work to resolve any conflicts, give (and receive) honest feedback and follow up on any raised concerns

  2. Demonstrate expertise and judgement.
    Your team are more likely to trust (and follow) you, if they have confidence in your knowledge and the experience you have to make good decisions for the business.

  3. Be Consistent. It’s important that you follow through with any actions you’ve agreed to or commitments you’ve made.
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*Sources: Harvard Business Review and Bear Grylls