Building a climate of trust

“Trust is the cornerstone in a successful team"

“Trust is the cornerstone in a successful team"

Author and team expert Fran Rees said, “Trust is the cornerstone in a successful team.”  Without trust there can be no true teamwork.  Any organization or team must operate on the foundation of trust.  Without trust, everything else falters. You become individuals doing a job, not a team doing a work.  Trust absolutely must be the core of your team or your work as a team will suffer. However, it is not easy to develop or maintain a climate of trust.  It takes a lot of work to build it and even more work to keep it.

You gain trust and become trusted by others, by being trustworthy.  Throughout the life span of any team there is what I call the “moments of trust.”  These are the times when you have an opportunity to build up or tear down the trust among one another.

For example…

Do you promise more then you deliver?
Do you ask for more than you are willing to do yourself?
Do you “sugar coat” problems or tell half-truths?
Do you stand with your team when there are problems?
Do you “pitch in” during times of excessive work?
Do you desire for the other team members to win?
Do you complain to others on the team about the team?
Do you complain to outsiders about the team?
Do you continually show up late to appointments?
Do you have a problem “following through”?

These are hard questions to ponder, but if you will answer them honestly, it may reveal something about you.  You may find out that your climate of trust is not as strong as you would like to think.  If this is the case, it is imperative that you begin rebuilding the trust among the team.  Your personal success and the success of the team is counting on it.

Remember the following principles and you will be on your way to building a climate of trust…

1)Do what you say you’re going to do
2)Be a team player, believing and desiring the best for every individual
3)Be on time
4)Be honest and forthright
5)Finish projects that you start (on time and with excellence)
6)Don’t break appointments (especially if you set them)
7)Work a full day (don’t cheat the organization by continually skipping out early)

These are just a few suggestions to help you build that climate of trust.  If you are a leader or a part of a team, you will find that your foundation for personal excellence and achievement will be built on your ability to create a climate of trust.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“The opinions which we hold of one another…are in
no sense permanent…but are as eternally fluid as the sea itself.”
Marcel Proust


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on September 15, 2009, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, Team and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Very thoughtfull post on personal achievements. It should be very much helpfull

    Karim – Positive thinking

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