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Build Trust to Manage Your Team


Entrepreneurs in the workplace have multiple roles to play and continually evolving responsibilities. They must instill a high-performance mindset in their teams while creating a culture that promotes teamwork and healthy competitiveness. Most importantly, they must earn trust from their colleagues to inspire team unity. Leaders can’t hide if they have trouble earning trust. Here are four things entrepreneurs must do in order to build trust quickly:

1. Build rapport

Building rapport is no easy task. It requires you to be a great listener. Those who are listening take good notes, are quick to follow through, and are responsible enough to proactively address your immediate needs to help you be more successful. Effective entrepreneurs also use rapport to engage with difficult personalities and situations.

2. Don’t duck out on diplomacy

Learning how to be politically (and authentically) correct is a requirement these days. This means entrepreneurs must always be mindful of doing the right thing, and at times making trade-offs in order to be given new opportunities and have greater influence down the road. They exercise good judgment and know how to pick their battles. These leaders are about supporting the team and believe in consensus-building methods to create harmony (especially when there are many egos involved).

3.  Establish credibility

Effective entrepreneurs must establish their credibility. The most effective ones always follow up, are true to their word, have a proven track record, and have a reputation of getting things done. The best entrepreneurs earn respect through performance. Not only do they drive business results, but they also serve as mentors who help teach others how to do the same. High-performance leaders get their hands dirty and are not afraid of rolling up their sleeves. They establish credibility by being consistent in their approaches and styles in how they operate, how they get results, and how they build teams and relationships within the organization.

4. Engage in conflict resolution

Entrepreneurs who solve problems with clarity are extremely effective. They empower others to make suggestions and recommendations. They are masters at conflict management and are eloquent in addressing problems and getting others involved to find immediate resolutions. These entrepreneurs are methodical in how they break down conflict into manageable pieces. They view conflict as an opportunity to build new relationships and as a powerful learning moment to train their teams to manage conflict for themselves.

These four ways will help build your path and develop the next phase of your career as an entrepreneur and leader. Want a hand along that path? Join EXIT Realty Massachusetts as a franchise owner. Spend just 30 minutes to find out how EXIT Realty will set you up for success.



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