Course Description

Circular logo with leadership development that delivers results in the center and the outer ring divided into five even sections labeled Achieve Results Through Others, Manage Performance, Engage Employees, Execute Strategy and Increase Productivity, and Communicate Effectively

What does trust have to do with business success?

Everything. Trust is directly linked to employee engagement, retention, productivity, and innovation. Leaders who demonstrate trust and trustworthiness inspire higher levels of performance and commitment to the team and organizational success.   

Course Outline

This course introduces Trust Builders; actions leaders can take to build and sustain trusting relationships, as well as common Trust Breakers that can erode or quickly break trust. Applying these skills to build trusting relationships enables people to take risks, identify and solve problems, and collaborate to achieve business results. 

  • Let’s Get Started: Learners introduce themselves and share the trust-building actions they identified in their Course Prep. The group discusses the challenges they read about in Course Prep, then discusses the business impact and benefits of high-trust relationships in the workplace.
  • Trust Builders That Work: Learners engage in a table team activity, in which they match cards containing short descriptions of leaders’ opportunities to build trust with cards that list actions demonstrating Trust Builders. Learners then discuss the impact of Trust Builders in the workplace.
  • Building Trust with Key Principles: Working in groups, learners choose two trust-building opportunities, and identify the Key Principles that would help the leaders address personal needs in those opportunities. The facilitator reviews how Share and Empathy work together and points out pitfalls related to sharing. In a two-part activity, learners recommend a trust-building action to the leader in one scenario, as well as words to say to use Empathy and Share. In another exercise, learners read a plan to build trust drafted by the leader from the second scenario, then suggest words the leader could say to carry out their plan.
  • Trust Breakers: Facilitator introduces Trust Breakers and the leader’s responsibility to watch for signs of damaged trust. Learners write a brief description of time they damaged or broke trust and write the Trust Breaker it relates to on a note. The facilitator posts note to create a pattern, and the group discusses what they see.
  • Repairing Trust: Facilitator reviews why Share is critical to restoring trust. Learners watch a video of a leader conducting a discussion to improve trust and point out what he said to use Key Principles. The large group discusses the impact of the leader’s use of the Key Principles.
  • Skill Practice: Learners prepare for and conduct two rounds of skill practice using their repairing trust situations.
  • Your Next Steps: Working in groups, learners answer three questions about a trust challenge the group discussed in the session. Teams share their responses with the large group. Learners review the tools and resources they can use in their workplace.

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this program, learners will be able to:  

  • Recognize how trust in the workplace affects business results
  • Analyze their role in building and sustaining trust
  • Identify common workplace behaviors that can build, sustain, or break trust; Demonstrate behaviors that show they trust others, as well as give people the confidence to trust them
  • Use interaction skills to foster open communication, build and maintain trusting relationships, and repair damaged ones


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It is suggested that participants complete Communicating for Leadership Success prior to taking this course. 


"I think this course pushed me out of my comfort zone the most, and because of this, I got the most out of it. I will take what I learned here and use it in my personal life."
Spring 2019 Participant


"There were a lot of open-ended discussions and explanation of difficult examples that showed the application of concepts being presented."
Spring 2019 Participant


“Building trust within a team is beneficial for our organization to thrive. This course is helpful for any individual at any level within a team to learn the tools to build those trusting relationship for a successful team.”
Fall 2018 Participant

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