When you take on a new role, how effective are you at quickly establishing trust with the team?

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 220,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our newsletter.

When you take on a new role, how effective are you at quickly establishing trust with the team?

  • Very: I can build trust quickly: 58.8%
  • Somewhat: it takes me a little while to build trust: 37.6%
  • Not very: I struggle to build trust with the team: 2.8%
  • Not at all: I don’t know that they ever trust me: 0.8%

Building trust takes time and effort. Getting your team members to trust you needs to be a deliberate endeavor. If you leave it to chance, it’ll take a while to build that trust. The trust you build serves as both a foundation for the efficiency of your team and a way to improve loyalty and morale. There are plenty of great techniques for building trust. Find other leaders who do it well, and ask them how they’re doing it. I can almost guarantee it’s something they focus on and take action toward on a regular basis. The faster you build trust, the more you can empower your people and expect them to deliver great results.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS. Before launching his own company, he worked at McKinsey & Co., Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He's the author of three leadership books: "One Piece of Paper," "Lead Inside the Box" and "The Elegant Pitch."