How Gratitude Builds Trust with Your Team

by Sonya Shelton

Let gratitude for the past inspire us with trust for the future.

Francois Fenelon

Alignment starts with a foundation of trust. Employees first and foremost trust leaders who trust them and treat them with respect. They trust leaders who are receptive to their thoughts, ideas and opinions and demonstrate that by asking them for their input. That means they listen to their employees. They trust leaders who are transparent with them about what’s going on and disclose why decisions are made so that employees feel informed and included.  

In the spirit of open communication, it’s important to consistently check-in as to better understand where everyone is. This alignment helps any relationship blossom into a magnificent force. But communication cannot just revolve around tasks, it must also include specific appreciation for your team. Gratitude is the key. 

Gratitude

Gratitude can be defined as the quality of being thankful,; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Nowadays, some people see gratitude as a solution to problems instead of a way to facilitate healthy outcomes.  

With gratitude at the forefront of your mind, you can create an environment where team members are not only grateful but also feel appreciated. The positivity generated from this appreciation builds more trust within the team.  

Research has found the reason for this correlation is positive emotions. It’s that simple. People who have gratitude are expected to feel more positive emotions, and their positive emotions would cause them to be more trusting. 

Creating a team that is grateful for each other correlates to creating a team that trusts each other.   

Our Trust Inside assessments can help you quantifiably determine the trust levels in your team or organization. To learn more, set up a time with us to talk about building trust in your organization: https://executiveleader.com/book-call/  

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