Struggling at work? Trying to build trust in a team but you can’t seem to get it right?
Don’t worry, there’s still hope.
Creating a close-knit team is a skill, one that can be taught. In this article, you’ll find the methods for achieving that goal buried in the sections below. When you’re ready to finally turn your unruly band of misfits into a cohesive team, read on!
1. Focus on Honesty
People confuse honesty with bluntness. Please don’t mistake one for the other. In this case, leave the bluntness at home.
Instead, work on your “supportive” skill set. Your team doesn’t want a referee. Your team members don’t want a manager peering over their shoulders, ready to crucify someone every time a mistake is made.
They’re professionals. Treat them accordingly. Spend your time teaching and collaborating rather than browbeating.
2. Fill the Leadership Role
Every group needs a leader to keep the group on task. The role of leader might belong to one person, or it might switch from one person in the group to the next when the time is right. But, don’t make the mistake of thinking your group doesn’t need a leader.
If nobody’s filling that role, step into those shoes and lead from the front. It’s one of the easiest ways to build trust in a team. When your team members recognize that you’re doing the same job, and you’re doing it better than them, they’ll respect you for your talent and drive.
3. Be Accountable
Building trust in a team is all about recognizing that you’re equals. Sure, you may fill different roles, but each member brings something important to the table.
And you can’t say it. You’ve got to believe it. You’ve got to live it.
Part of the process is humanizing yourself. If your team puts you on a pedestal, they’re more likely to criticize their own mistakes. They believe you wouldn’t have made such egregious errors, so they bang themselves over the head.
4. Practice Active Listening
How many times have you said to your spouse or your children, “You’re not listening to me!”
The desire to feel heard is one of the fundamental psychological components of every social interaction. And all you need to do to overcome this hurdle is to practice active listening.
5. Give Trust
You’ve heard that old maxim, “you’ve got to give it to get it.” Well, nowhere is that truer than in the case of trust. If you want your team to trust you, then it’s time to pony up and start handing out that trust yourself.
How to Build Trust in a Team When Telecommuting
One of the best ways to build trust in a virtual team is to err on the side of caution. It’s impossible to know where and how your team members spend their work hours. Don’t automatically think they’re slacking off because they didn’t hit a specific goal or deadline.
Building trust and collaboration in a virtual team are about opening up a conversation rather than casting blame. The next time you think someone’s slacking, say, “tell me a little more about that, so I can better understand.” It’ll be your own personal Virtual Team Building exercise.
Put Your Team Building into Action
Now that you know how to build trust in a team, it’s time to get to work. Each day next week, focus on one of the five methods listed above. At the end of the week, assess and adjust accordingly.
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