How Do You Get Your Team to Trust?

Sharing is a start

Trust is a necessary ingredient of successful teams. When people share information about themselves, they’re expressing trust in the people who are listening. Here are some ideas to get started.

Team reflection

Reflect on the importance of trust in the team in order to achieve particular goals. Use an ice-breaker to ask team members to share some personal history.

  • Where did you grow up?
  • How many siblings do you have and where do you fall in that order?
  • Describe a unique or interesting challenge or experience from your childhood.

For example: An employee might share that as the youngest in their family they felt their opinions were discounted by the rest of the family. Coworkers might then be able to understand why this person is pushy at times in wanting his/her ideas to be heard.

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