by Winnie Onyekwere
A climate of trust is at the heart of positive, enjoyable and effective relationships. Trust creates emotional safety. It fosters goodwill, minimising tensions and keeps the channels of communication open to one another. Trust does not mean that we can’t have differing opinions or that we can’t have difficult conversations. It does mean that these opinions or conversations will be manageable and won’t slip into unhealthy conflict.
Trust is like a barometer that indicates the overall health of a relationship, therefore by increasing trust we can improve that relationship. There is a lot that we can do to instil and foster trust within personal relationships and organisations. Furthermore, before we get into unproductive conflict, it’s good to remember the importance of trust and to do some trust-building as a preventative measure. If we build quality relationships then we reduce the need for conflict resolution and trust will be easier to draw upon when we do need it. Things are much less likely to escalate.
Contact us and a member of our team to discuss some ideas on how to build and foster a climate of trust within your organisation and elsewhere; making it easier to deal with disagreements and deal with serious conflicts.
A climate of trust and goodwill will set a foundation for collaboration to forge solutions that become win/win.