This article advises eight considerations for building trust with your business team.

2015. 2 pages.

Eight Ways to Build Trust for 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. 

7. Resist financial temptation. Set a positive example by avoiding dishonest money at all costs. Resisting temptation – especially when financial gain is involved – creates tremendous reserves of trust.

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.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

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