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Secret #12: Mutual Trust and Respect in Autonomous Teams

Today, I will share with you secret number 12 of autonomous teams: mutual trust and respect.


The importance of mutual trust and respect:

  • Mutual trust and respect are fundamental elements for the success of any team, but they are particularly important for autonomous teams. An environment based on trust and respect allows team members to:

  • Collaborate efficiently: When team members trust each other, they feel more comfortable sharing their ideas, taking risks, and relying on each other to accomplish their tasks.

  • Feel motivated and engaged: Recognition and appreciation of individual contributions stimulate the motivation and engagement of team members, increasing efforts to achieve common goals.

  • Handle conflicts constructively: Mutual trust and respect allow disagreements and conflicts to be addressed in a calm and constructive manner, focusing on finding solutions beneficial to the team.

  • Learn from each other: An environment based on respect encourages the exchange of knowledge and experiences, contributing to the professional development of each team member.

  • Feel connected and appreciated: Recognizing individual successes and team achievements strengthens the sense of belonging and appreciation, contributing to high morale and professional satisfaction.


Strategies for building mutual trust and respect:

  • Promote transparency: Be honest and open with team members about goals, plans, challenges, and decisions.

  • Provide constructive feedback: Provide regular individual and team feedback, focusing on specific aspects of performance and offering suggestions for improvement.

  • Delegate tasks and responsibilities: Trust team members by giving them autonomy in decision-making and task execution.

  • Recognize and reward achievements: Appreciate and reward individual contributions and team successes, reinforcing positive behavior.

  • Be a role model: Demonstrate through your actions the behaviors based on trust and respect that you want to see in team members.

  • Create a psychologically safe environment: Ensure that all team members feel comfortable expressing their opinions and concerns without fear of negative consequences.


Example of mutual trust and respect in an autonomous team:

A team of software engineers is working on a complex project. The team manager delegates individual tasks to team members, trusting in their abilities and expertise. Team members collaborate efficiently, communicating openly and respecting each other's opinions and ideas. The manager recognizes and rewards individual contributions and team successes, strengthening the sense of appreciation and mutual respect.


Additional tips:

  • Focus on the strengths of each team member: Encourage team members to use their individual strengths and talents to contribute to the team's success.

  • Provide professional development opportunities: Support team members in developing their skills and knowledge through training courses, mentoring, and other learning opportunities.

  • Celebrate team successes: Organize events and activities to celebrate team successes and strengthen team cohesion.

  • Address trust issues immediately: Do not ignore conflicts or trust issues but address them promptly and openly to resolve them quickly and maintain a positive environment.


Building an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect is essential for creating a successful autonomous team. By providing team members with opportunities to build mutual trust, feel appreciated, and contribute to the company's goals, you create autonomous teams. How is trust going with you? Write to me in an email.

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