Leading With Trust
How to Build Strong School Teams
What are the causes of distrust? How do members of school teams discuss traditionally taboo topics? This field guide begins with personal exercises designed for leaders to use before they engage with staff. A variety of team exercises and a progressive series of strategies follow, to move the community toward a more trusting environment.
- Examine the role of trust in continuous school improvement.
- Identify the barriers to trust in school communities.
- Support school staff in taking the emotional risks required to build strong teams.
- Learn how to begin discussing the “undiscussable” issues in your school community.
- Gain activities and exercises for moving from low- to high-trust and high-performing work environments.
- Read dozens of inspirational quotations on the topic of trust.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: The Courage to Confront Distrust
Chapter 2: Lower-Risk Strategies to Deal With Distrust
Chapter 3: The Courage to Begin Building Trust
Chapter 4: Medium-Risk Strategies to Develop Trust
Chapter 5: The Courage to Create High-Trust Cultures
Chapter 6: Higher-Risk Strategies for High-Risk Cultures
- Action Planning Roadmap
- Berens Personality Analogy
- Commitment Continuum
- Composite Middle and High School: A Fictional Scenario
- The Decision-Making Scale
- From Distrust to Mature Trust
- The Four-Phase Decision-Making Model
- “Improving Relationships Within the Schoolhouse” by Roland Barth
- Leader Self-Assessment
- My Trust Touchstones
- Quotations From Margaret Wheatley
- The Research on Trust: Facts and Definitions
- “Saying ‘No’ to the Unimportant” by Susan Stephenson
- Staff Feedback About Leader
- Staff Trust Survey
- Stages of Trust and Team Development and School Culture
- Team Charter
- Your Johari Window
- “When Your Heart Is in Your Dreams” by Susan Stephenson