Have you ever tried to manage a team where people didn’t trust each other? If so it was probably a struggle because a team without trust is not really a team at all. We have put together a list of 6 ways that you can build trust within your team and lead them down the road to success:
1. Trust your Team
You can’t expect your team to trust each other if you don’t trust them, so ensure that you are leading by example. It’s important that you display trust in your working relationships with your own boss, your colleagues and your team members.
2. Build Personal Connections
Try to ensure that your team actually know each other. Ask them about their life outside of work, their hobbies, interests and family, and make sure that you share some of your own personal information as well. A great way to initiate team bonding is to organise team activities, days out and socialising events. This really gives your team members the opportunity to relax and get to know each other, which will translate into better working relationships back in the office.
3. Be Honest
Honesty is key to building trust. You should be open with your team and avoid telling even small lies or twisting the truth.
4. Assist with Communication
You should equip your team with the knowledge and skills they need in order to communicate well with each other. If they can understand and appreciate each others working styles and communication methods then they will be able to adjust their approaches in order to work better as a team. Psychometric tests are a great method of helping your team understand the different personalities in your workplace.
5. Be Consistent
Do what you say you will do and keep your promises to ensure that you retain your team’s trust. Being on time for work and meetings also displays consistency.
6. Don’t Place Blame
When working as part of a team, mistakes and disappointments do happen but it’s important not to focus on who is to blame. Instead, you should encourage your team to think constructively and focus on ways everyone can contribute to fixing the problem and moving forward together. You could also discuss how best to avoid such mistakes in the future.