It’s a truism that trust is the foundation of teamwork.
But trust is a big word. What do we really mean when we talk about trust?
First, trust exists within a context. The sort of trust that you need for a productive working relationship is different from the trust you need for a healthy marriage. And it’s certainly different from the trust you need on a ropes course (which is why that sort of team building activity seldom has much effect).
What you need for productive working relationships is trust that says:
I believe you are competent to do the work
I believe that if you have an issue with me, you’ll bring it up directly
with me, not talk behind my back.
I believe will follow through on commitments—or let me know when you need
I believe you have good intentions towards me and the team.
And there’s a prerequisite for trust: a person needs to have a capacity for trust.