Managing several projects and being in a team requires understanding, trust and collaboration from everyone. Collaboration is important and necessary for the work to get done. “Collaboration is a critical competency for achieving and sustaining high performance”. In team projects, each person has a role and they are required to participate. In a learning organization, each team member will be able to express themselves and their ideas. Additionally, collaboration encourages problem-solving, learning, creativity, mutual respect and support in a team setting. This process will also encourage others to learn from each other.
Leaders need to create a climate of trust and facilitate relationships to foster collaboration in the workplace. Trusting someone means that you rely on them to get the job done, because they have the ability to do so. The more that people are trusted by their leaders, the more they are willing to be creative and innovative. In order to receive trust, they should first give trust. “Leaders go first. If you want the high levels of performance that come with trust and collaboration, you will have to demonstrate your trust in others before asking them to trust you”.
Trusting in someone is a vulnerable act. You are taking a risk in trusting others first; however, this is the act that helps to build a relationship. Being the first to trust also shows self-confidence on one’s part. Being respectful and appreciative of team members’ ideas is also another form of trust. When you trust others, they will in turn trust you. Trust should not be abused because once it is gone, it is hard to get it back and that can hurt the productivity of a team.
Quotes are from “The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations” by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner