Many of the most profound influences in life are not visible. Think gravity, magnetic fields, friction, and ultrasound. The invisible world often governs what happens in the material world. The same is true in teams. We can’t see trust between teammates but we can witness the startling effect it has on performance.
To believe in someone and ultimately trust them is taking a tremendous risk. Today's Field Note reminded me of a quote from Katzenbach & Smith (I had to look it up to ensure I got it right) ... "Joining a team is a career risk, giving up individual control is a performance risk, acknowledging personal responsibility for needed change is a self-esteem risk, allowing others to lead is an institutional risk, and abandoning hierarchical command and control is a stability risk. Taking such risks makes sense ONLY if it unleashes a team's capabilities in pursuit of PERFORMANCE."
To get to this level of trust (that can lead to High Performance), one must learn the complexity and timing (when and how) to take risks, or as Brent below nicely shared, FAITH in others and self.
I've notice my teams bond through hardships and desiging/implementing large projects/initiatives. They come out of these with a shared experience that seems to bring them closer.
We took 15 minutes to discuss this topic on a Twitter Spaces. The recording is here: