Trust is a concept that holds a pivotal place in human relationships and organizational dynamics. Its complexities can seem overwhelming, but understanding it can have a profound impact on both personal and professional interactions. In our work with clients, we begin to unravel these intricacies, shedding light on the psychological underpinnings of trust and the influence of our lived experiences on our perspective of trust.
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What is Trust?
Trust, though seemingly simple, can be incredibly delicate and fragile, or in some instances, nearly indestructible. Its role is fundamental in human interactions. Each of us has psychological patterns and preferences when it comes to trust, and our brain has unique pathways demonstrating how trust is displayed. It’s important for each of us to understand how our definition of trust is based on our lived experiences and personal narratives.
trust is built through connecting a series of small moments of trust over time.Brian Schubring | Founder, Leadership Vision
Two Types of Trust
Interestingly, people generally fall into two categories when it comes to trust: those who trust instinctively and those who withhold trust until they have solid proof.
Consider this: are you a person that starts from a place of trust or are you someone who holds trust until they have a reason to trust?
Trust is built over time through small, consistent behaviors. These create a sense of comfort in relationships, and when this trust is consistent and reliable, it becomes so inherent in the relationship that we often don’t even think about it.
Trust on a Team
One of the main challenges is to understand trust in various contexts. For some, trust might be circumstantial, dependent on the context and who is present. For others, trust might be rooted in reliability, a belief that people will do what they say they will.
When working on a team, it is important to understand all the various definitions of trust that may exist within that team. This diversity can be beneficial, as long as there’s a shared understanding of these differences.
Understanding trust is a journey that involves delving into personal experiences, observing behaviors, and exploring emotions. By embarking on this journey, we can better understand ourselves and how we navigate our relationships and work environments. Diving into this work can enable us to build stronger, more resilient relationships capable of weathering change and conflict.
About The Leadership Vision Podcast
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