BUILDING TRUST IN TIMES OF CHANGE
Do you consider yourself a creature of habit — someone who seeks comfort and security in the present? Or do you embrace change and become excited about the opportunities it presents? Most people, even leaders, do not naturally prefer change. Some even vigorously resist it, especially if there is no foundation of trust. Creating an atmosphere of trust equips your team to deal with, and even develop from, the inevitable times of change. Consider these eight ways to build trust with your team:
1. Be transparent. Pursue uncompromising integrity by being truthful about your business, the company’s performance, changes to come, and what your team can expect in the future.
2. Trust others. You can’t expect to earn trust if you don’t trust others. Show your team that you are confident in them by delegating tasks and allowing everyone to have a voice. This opens the door to new ideas and opportunities.
3. Build meaningful relationships. Take the time to personally mentor others by sharing your knowledge with them. Provide insight into your successes, failures, and lessons learned along the way.
4. Be open-minded. Show others that you are receptive to new ideas and value collaboration. Encourage your team to openly and respectfully share their opinions in the workplace.
5. Take risks. Are you willing to take personal risks for the sake of the team? If leaders bear less risk than what they demand of others, their credibility and trustworthiness can be compromised.
6. Offer kudos. As the leader, people may naturally offer congratulations to you during times of success — but don’t steal the spotlight. Celebrate the contributions of others and always give credit where credit is due.
8. Be selfless. Put the needs of others before your own. You may not be the only one who feels burdened during times of change and uncertainty. Show others that you understand what they are going through and care about their needs.
KEEP FOCUSED ON TRUST
As a leader, you are given a great deal of positional trust. Trust takes years to create, but can be lost in the blink of an eye. Staying focused on building trust with your employees is a practical way to ensure your team can not only weather times of change — but come out stronger. Would you like to learn more about building trust with your employees? Check out this free resource from the C12 Group: Working on My Business.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. – Philippians 2:3