When trust does not exist, it's difficult for people to express who they are, share their truth, open up, and work with depth. A lack of trust leads to surface work, and surface work often does not reach the potential possible.
We all engender trust and I expect that we all contribute to a lack of trust at times too. When we assess our practice, we can ask these questions with regard to building a culture of trust.
- Do you share important information regularly?
- Are you consistent?
- Do you communicate with transparency and honesty?
- Do you understand the mission of your work, and do you commit to that mission?
- Do you foster good process?
- Are you a listener?
- Do you support those you work with and for?
- Do your words match your actions?
Teaching well calls forth the best of us, and when we're willing to reach in and out to meet that call, students benefit.