How your team walks into team meetings says a lot about their trust with each other.
One of the best organizations I know of is a large manufacturing organization that is well-respected by their employees, the employee’s family members, and the communities where they have factories. When you walk into their team meeting it is like walking into a dinner with old friends. It is the very manifestation of a cohesive leadership team.
They shake hands. They ask about each other’s families. They ask how employee are doing in each other’s teams. They are smiling and laughing. Not everyone is on time every time at each meeting. When someone is late, they acknowledge them, “Hey Scott! Is everything okay? We were just getting started.” Their behaviors demonstrate their trust and openness with each other.
What I don’t see them do that I see most other teams do: walk in talking on the phone, sit down and flip-up their tablet, and begin responding to emails with minimal conversation with each other. The lack of trust is palpable in these teams. The meetings start with team members who show little interest in each other.
Next time you have a team meeting. Get to the room before everyone and watch how they treat each other as one by one they show up. It will show you exactly where you need to do more work on trust.