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6 Ways to Build Unshakeable Trust with Your Team, TODAY:

2 min
leadership  ✺  trustbuilding  ✺  teamwork  ✺  career  ✺  management  ✺  development

(Sample situations and scripts are included)

1. Say What You Do. Minimize Surprises.

Why: Consistency in communication ensures everyone is on the same page, reducing uncertainties and building reliability.

Situation: After a meeting, promptly send out a summary of what was agreed upon, including next steps, owners and deadlines.

Script: "Thank you for the productive meeting. As discussed, here are our next steps with respective owners and deadlines. Please review and let me know if there are any clarifications needed."

2. Do What You Say. Deliver on Commitments.

Why: Keeping your word demonstrates dependability and earns you respect and trust.

Situation: Regularly update stakeholders on the project's progress. Send out a report showing the project is on track, and proactively communicate any potential risks.

Script: "Here's the latest project update. We're on track with our milestones. I've also identified some potential risks and our mitigation strategies."

3. Extend the Bridge of Trust. Assume Good Intent.

Why: Trust grows in a culture of understanding and empathy. When you give others the benefit of the doubt, it fosters a supportive and trusting environment.

Situation: If a team member misses an important meeting, instead of jumping to conclusions, approach them with concern and understanding.

Script: "I noticed you weren’t at today’s meeting, [Name]. I hope everything is okay. We discussed [key topics]. Let me know if you need a recap or if there's anything you want to discuss or add."

4. Be Transparent. In Communication and Decision Making.

Why: Honesty in sharing information and rationale behind decisions strengthens trust.

Situation: Be clear about the reasoning behind key decisions, especially in complex situations.

Script: "I want everyone to understand why we made this decision. Here are the factors we considered and how it aligns with our objectives..."

5. Champion Inclusivity. Engage and Value All Voices.

Why: Inclusivity ensures a sense of belonging and respect, which is foundational for trust.

Situation: Encourage diverse viewpoints in team discussions, ensuring everyone feels their input is valued and heard.

Script: Example Script: "I'd really like to hear your thoughts on this, [Name]. Your perspective is important to our team."

6. Be Generous. Support Others.

Why: Offering support and resources to others without expecting anything in return cultivates a culture of mutual trust and respect.

Situation: Proactively offer assistance or share insights that could help your colleagues.

Script: "I see you’re working on [project/task]. I have some resources from a similar project I worked on that might be helpful for you."