Do Your Team Members Show Vulnerability-Based Trust?

When all members of a team trust each other’s skills and anticipate each other’s actions, that is a positive yet insufficient characteristic of a strong team. Displaying “vulnerability-based trust” is a higher level of trust to aim for if you want to establish a solid foundation for becoming a high-performance team.\r\n\r\nI first learned of the term “vulnerability-based trust” when I read Patrick Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. It resonated well with the behaviors I had (and not) seen, and continue to see (and not see) in teams. Some of the positive characteristics displayed by team members showing this type of trust are:\r\n\r\n• They are genuinely transparent and more frank with their opinions. In my experience, it makes a night-and-day difference to work with people who truly mean what they say, instead of mostly playing politics.\r\n\r\n• They are brave enough to admit their mistakes and weaknesses. They ask for help. They apologize to one another. It’s great when you hear team members lead with the question: “What can I do to help you?”\r\n\r\n• They are honest with one another. Their default expectation is that the team members’ intentions are good. As a result, you can “lower your shield” around the group.\r\n\r\nVulnerability-based trust is the first of the The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team program, which builds on Lencioni’s book and which I introduced in a recent blog post. If you want to improve your team’s effectiveness, contact me to support you in implementing this program.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\n\r\

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