Take a look at any great team whether on the sporting field or in an organisation, and you’ll find the team members respect and trust each other. I came across an interesting article recently on the wonderful 6seconds.org website that discussed the four key ideas of trust. I thought I’d take a moment and share these four ideas with you because if you want to have greater trust within your team, these four elements must exist:
A person’s character goes to part of who he or she is, and to have a successful team, each team member must be made of the right stuff. For example, if you can’t trust your teammates, you’ll never have a truly effective team.
Another trait that builds trust within a team is to know team members do what they say they will do. In other words, they are reliable. When a team mate realises that he might fall short on delivering a certain task on time, he’ll make sure you know about it soon enough. Better still, he’ll pull out all stops to make sure that it’s done, even if it means asking someone else to help him.
3. Good judgement
An effective team has team members who have good judgement. Personally, good judgement comes about from having emotional intelligence. Most of the great teams I’m aware of have emotionally intelligent members.
It goes without saying that an effective team has team members who are good at what they do. Not only that, they strive every day to improve themselves just that little bit more.
What are your thoughts? In addition to these four elements, what do you think makes a highly effective and capable team?