When you walk into an organization, and schools specifically, one of the first things visitors notice is how the campus makes them feel. This is often influenced by the caliber of relationships that exist on a campus. You can tell immediately who likes working together, and how well they work together, just by walking through the doors. In a time of crisis, teams that work well together continue to thrive, despite uncertainty and normal fears of the unknown. It is thus critical to develop strong relationships before a crisis ever strikes, focusing first on building a foundation of trust.
We know from previous reflection that open communication is a precursor to strong relationships, and that strong relationships develop as a result of trust. Yet, how does one develop trust within a team, particularly when a school leader may be new to the building? How can we escalate that which so many tell us just takes time? Here, we will explore four ways to quickly build trust among your teams.
How to Build trust Among your teams
Although research and relationship experts tell us that building trust within any sort of relationship takes time, we also know that there are specific strategies that school and team leaders can utilize to emphasize trust-building among individuals. Here are four strategies that should be at the forefront of any good leader's mind when focusing on how to increase trust within any team.
By incorporating these four trust-building strategies into your daily communication and strategic plans, you will find that trust increases exponentially within your teams. Without trust, our relationships are shaky at best, and no team can go into a crisis at full force if relationships are not where they need to be. Collaborative and dynamic teams that trust one another rise up in the face of a crisis. Teams that are led from the top down with little feeling of value or trust tend to wobble at best and crumble at worst, leaving more work with the wrong focus to be necessary when a crisis rares its ugly head.