Inspiration and lessons for your leadership journey!
“Trust is the foundation of real teamwork. And so the first dysfunction is a failure on the part of team members to understand and open up to one another. And if that sounds touchy-feely, let me explain, because there is nothing soft about it. It is an absolutely critical part of building a team. In fact, it’s probably the most critical."
Patrick Lencioni points out a fundamental element of team-building: If you and your team don’t have authentic trust, you don’t really have a team. John Maxwell teaches, “Trust is the foundation of leadership.”
So if trust is the foundation for both team-building and leadership, what is trust like on your team? Most leaders think there is trust on their teams and that their direct reports trust them, but consider the following:
A 2007 Florida State University study published in Leadership Quarterly revealed:
A 2013 BlessingWhite Employee Engagement Update discloses some eye-opening numbers on employee engagement in North America:
Chances are that the level of trust your direct reports have with you and the level of trust between members of your team may not be at the level you think it is. I challenge you to increase your awareness of trust on your team.
Here are 15 signs of a low-trust team:
If you would like to learn more about trust and how to build it, I devote an entire chapter to trust in my latest book, A Travel Guide to Leadership.
But whatever you do, you cannot have a high-performing team until you lay the foundation of authentic trust.
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Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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