Building Trust with Teams as an Instructional Coach

 Building Trust with Teams

A lack of trust leads to dysfunction in teams.

In this post, I am sharing Kaser and Halbert’s five components of trust.

What to look for in this post:
  • Benevolence
  • Competence
  • Reliability
  • Honesty
  • Openness
If you prefer to hear me talk through this, here is a video featuring all of this content:

[0:30] Building trust with teams: Benevolence

The first facet is benevolence, meaning that on a team there is a shared feeling of having each other’s backs. Team members should not act selfishly. If one person on a team values themselves more than the others, that brings down the whole team.

[0:46] Building trust with teams: Competence

Competence is the feeling that every member of the team has the knowledge or skills to do a good job. Team members must believe that the other people on the team can achieve the goal, even if they are not currently acting on it.

[1:00] Building trust with teams: Reliability

Reliability is the belief that you can count on another person’s behavior. I think about this in terms of predictability, because it builds more trust if you can predict another person’s behavior. Unpredictability makes it hard to trust others. If you do not know how someone is going to respond, then they are not reliable. Even if you know that someone will have a negative response, that can still be something predictable or reliable. If one person is seen as unreliable, then you begin looking at the rest of the team with distrust.

[1:40] Building trust with teams: Honesty

Honesty means that your words match your deeds - even if the result is undesirable. People should know that you are going to follow through on what you say. If you do not follow through, that is seen as a lack of honesty. Someone can be well-liked, but not trusted if they do not have follow-through. That hurts a team and has the potential to break trust.

[2:04] Building trust with teams: Openness

Openness means a willingness to be vulnerable to a new idea or strategy, and being receptive to learning new things and giving up control. These are all important components of building a trusting and highly functional team.

5 Facets of Trust: Benevolence, Competence, Reliability, Honesty, Opennness

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