Having trust is one of the fundamental basics for working well together as a team. Without trust communication is broken, workflows aren’t smooth, and members of your team aren’t aligned.
Just imagine going to visit a service professional (lawyer, doctor, coach) without really trusting that they know what they’re doing. You’re going to be skeptical, doubtful, you might have an intuitive reaction in your gut that something feels off, you won’t want to share what you know openly or transparently because you don’t know what they’ll do with that information, and you may feel your energy level draining as a result.
Trust in teams works the same way. Without it, it’s draining, exhausting, and you run into a myriad of challenging situations, over-strategizing and games. When your team does have trust, however, people work together almost effortlessly, communication flows, work gets done, and you can see a level of commitment and accountability to projects.
That being said, it can be challenging to know exactly how to build up trust with your team when working remotely.
Here are 4 ways you can build trust with your team today:
These four strategies will not only help you build up trust with your team, but will also help you to trust that your team has what they need to get their work done and to feel confident in their roles. The highest performing teams operate on a baseline of trust before they can move on to anything else – and it is possible to remain high performing, even when working remotely.
Once you've given some of these strategies a try, please share what you learn as a result.
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