You probably realize that people come to trust others in a variety of ways.  Some people can easily place their trust in others from the beginning of a relationship.  Others start with almost complete skepticism, requiring months or even years before they can trust someone for even the simplest matters.  While most people fall somewhere between these two types, the sheer variety of needs for trust can impact the effectiveness of your team.

As leader, it is critical that you work to inspire a certainty of trust from your team members.  Their personal evaluations of your integrity, goals and motives will guide their decision-making within your organization.  Your level of trustworthiness (in their eyes) will influence how they react to problems and how they participate in planning for your team’s success.

Do you know where you stand?  Do you recognize the different needs and starting points of trust among your team members?  This is not something that you want to encounter as a surprise as you near the deadline of a major project or as you find yourself in the middle of a contested issue with your biggest customer.  You should, and can know the level of trust among your team.

If you are uncertain how to accomplish this, I encourage you to contact your trusted advisor.  They should have methods and assessment tools to help you in this area.  The better you understand what each team member needs to foster trust, the quicker you can cultivate your Elite Team.

This is Jason Walker sharing an Elite Team INSIGHT.