When working with others as a team there has to be an element of immediate trust by the team members for each other in order for the team to function.
Trust is something that develops over time. It is demonstrated and earned by each team member. Teams that work hard at building trust reap multiple benefits like:
- Obtain greater results of reaching goals and solving problems.
- Team members have more influence with one another.
- They have more desire to make their efforts works.
- They develop a strong team bond.
- A more enjoyable workplace environment
When there is a lack of trust between team members the opposite happens and the team as a whole suffers.
The following are some actions that lead to a lack of trust between team members:
- Not keeping your word.
- Not following instructions.
- Talking about other team members negatively.
- Have a hidden agenda of “self” not “team.”
- Blame others for mistakes made.
- Make excuses for their mistakes.
- Distort what people say.
- Use manipulative tactics.
Creating a great team takes time and effort to build by each member of the team. Taking the time to communicate about what needs to happen and what cannot happen between the team members up front is necessary.
Hard work and effort together to build trust with your team members is a positive experience for everyone.