When it comes to building a team that can work efficiently together, accomplish mutual goals, and still maintain a good morale while doing so, there's no more significant quality than trust. Trust allows you to delegate a task without worrying whether it will get done. It allows for faster, more open communication, and gives people a sense that they truly belong within your organization.

But trust doesn't come naturally or easily, and it's a leader's job to inspire and facilitate that trust in a team environment. How do the strongest leaders of the business world accomplish this?

Patience.
Calm.
Transparency.
Openness.
Flexibility.
Mutual feedback.
Ongoing team exercises.

These are tactics, dispositions, and characteristics that strong leaders can use to build trust within a team--but don't expect them to be shortcuts. In many cases, these are merely prerequisites, or pre-existing environmental conditions that allow for the development of trust, rather than creating it directly. Trust requires time and experience, as your workers spend more time with one another and become more familiar with their circumstances. Don't try to rush the process, or you'll end up negating your efforts.

Published on: Jun 26, 2016