These are challenging times. The obstacles are real and the pressure is mounting, causing individuals’ character strengths and flaws to be revealed as they react to the storms and stress. The tension also exposes the real level of trust among the team members as they either seek help from each other to solve problems, or they play the blame game resulting in deeper fissures of the team fabric.

How are you as leader taking advantage of this opportunity to see the core of your team? Will it fracture your organization or will you use it to make it stronger?

Building an Elite Team requires establishing a strong level of trust with individuals you know. If you do not know someone, how can you trust them? If you do not trust them, how can you depend on them when the going gets tough?

Colonel Ardant du Picq, a French Army officer and military theorist of the mid-nineteenth century, wrote “Four brave men who do not know each other will not dare attack a lion. Four less brave, but knowing each other well, sure of their reliability and consequently of mutual aid, will attack resolutely”.

In the military, we never knew what we would face in the future, but we were certain that there would be storms. So to prepare, we purposely put our teams in as many stressful scenarios as possible, not just to be prepared for one specific mission type, but more importantly for the team to understand their own capabilities and gain confidence in one another. We would intentionally introduce unknowns into each training scenario to force the team to react and reveal something new about their strengths and flaws, which became identified opportunities for improvement.

Do not miss your opportunities to take similar advantage of the situations you face today. Observe and identify the cracks in your team’s fabric, particularly the levels of trust. Take corrective action to build your team so you can attack resolutely.

This is Jason Walker sharing an Elite Team INSIGHT.