Trust Building

Trust BuildingA growing body of research documents the crucial role that trust plays in schools. Where trust is high, communication flows freely, collaboration and professionalism abound, and a spirit of openness allows the school to flexibly adapt to the high expectations of a rapidly changing world. In such an environment, student learning thrives. Conversely, schools with a pervasive culture of distrust are dismal places where the Blame Game holds sway and morale and commitment are low. Energy is siphoned away from the central mission of learning into defensiveness and self-protection for students, teachers, and leaders alike.

Fortunately, there is a way through these difficult situations. Our strengths-based approach has proven to be an effective intervention whether we are working with two individuals or large groups. Based on the model of trust presented in the best-selling book, Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools, by Megan Tschannen-Moran, this process invites stakeholders to explore the shared values that connect participants even after trust has been damaged or broken. Exploring their essential interdependence in this way enables participants to rekindle their confidence in each others’ benevolence, honesty, openness, reliability, and competence. Making use of an Appreciative Inquiry methodology, this process creates the context for productive conversations through which trust can be restored. Contact us today for a confidential consultation.