The importance of group building for trust, psychological safety and being human!

building trust Nov 19, 2021

I've been running a couple of new leadership programmes recently with a group of people who work in the same large corporate but don't know each other. They'll be working together over a few months.

One of the things we paid a lot of attention to on the first day was connecting and group building.

No specific agenda; the only ground rule was equality of listening and speaking and truly listening to connect with each other. (In other words not writing your shopping list or sending a quick email whilst other people are speaking).

This group building enables them to build trust with each other which in turn encourages open-ness, sharing, vulnerability and honesty. They start to see what they have in common and where they can encourage and support each other.

Never underestimate the power of this - whether you're running a training programme of some type or building a team, or your team is back together again in the office after WFH. It's so tempting to try to get through loads of...

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