Importance of Trust
The first step in fostering collaboration is to build trust as without trust one cannot lead and accomplish amazing feats. If a leader cannot not trust and are unable to give up control of a project and will either end up doing all the work their self or micromanaging his or her employees.
Trust is the one the most important elements of a winning team as if ones feel that his or her team is withholding information or not telling the truth, or working against them nothing good will come of the work that the team is trying to accomplish. In fact, in teams that felted that they could trust their leader were more open about their feelings, understood the goals of the ...view middle of the document...
When fostering collaboration and building trust one must make a concentrated effort to share information among the team members, as it is vitally important that the team members have the mentality that they are all in it together and therefore sharing information with each other only makes the team stronger and more successful.
For a team to be successful they must also recognize that each member of the team must be dependent on the other members to accomplish a given task. To accomplish this leaders must stress to the group the importance of the goal that they are working towards, and how everyone's contributions are important in the effort is to reach the goal at hand and the company.
A leader must also create an environment of reciprocating, as all members must participate evenly otherwise the ones that are giving and never getting while begin to resent the ones that are not invested in the team goal and thus cooperation will become difficult or non-existent.
The leader must structure project that the teams are working on so that everyone is the group effort is noticeable and part of getting to the end goal. This structure will create an environment where everyone in the group can feel good about what they accomplished individually as well as collectively to reach the set goal.
Lastly, it is important for the leader to schedule have face-to-face communication with members, especially when projects are intricate and challenging. This can be hard to accomplish in the current global economy, but it is important to arrange some time for this, as it is hard to foster and create trust in a virtual setting such as video conferencing.
My Experience with Strengthening Others
At the university where I work, I have taken the responsibility of training and strengthening many employees during my time there, but one employee stands out among them. The employee's name was Rebecca, and when she came to our company, she did not have any experience in higher education. She was hired as the re-entry coordinator for the university. This person is responsible for re-enrolling student that have sat out of school for less than a year.
Rebecca was hired into a unique situation, as she was part of the academic affairs team, but instead of reporting to admissions Director or the Registrar, she reported directly to the Dean of Academic Affairs. The Dean was located in the a completely different building and although a very smart man he had no real knowledge to offer her on how her job should be done or training on how to use the main program at the university.
Even though she did not report to registration services, her workstation was located in the same areas as we were located. Realizing that she was lacking the training that she needed to be successful, I offered to train her even though...