Here are 7 signs that indicate there may be trust issues on your team. If you notice any of the following behaviors, working to increase trust is a must for you, as a leader:
- Team members hide their weaknesses and mistakes from each other
- They hesitate to ask for help or to offer it.
- They neither seek nor provide helpful feedback to each other.
- They jump to conclusions or make assumptions about each other’s intentions.
- They fail to recognize and tap into others’ skills, experiences or perspectives.
- They judge each other unfairly.
- They hold grudges or avoid each other.
Without trust, team members fail to participate in the kind of constructive dialogue and debate that leads to the best solutions. And without a willingness to engage in constructive conflict, it is difficult to gain the level of commitment and buy in to important decisions that need full support of the team.
Without full commitment, it becomes difficult to establish a level of joint accountability among team members because everyone is tied to their own idea.
Holding people accountable becomes the sole responsibility of the leader. This is not only terribly inefficient, but it also breeds politics. And so it becomes a vicious cycle of non-trust.
Cohesive, high-performing teams build trust as a foundation to the kind of teamwork that creates a competitive advantage for the organization.
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