And for those of you who almost stopped reading once you realised I was talking football, surely this idea applies to other areas where our boss/manager/leader has asked something of us that we are not sure of. Even if we have the opportunity at some stage to question and maybe tweak the direction, at some stage we just need to do as they have asked, trusting that they know what they are doing. Interestingly though, I read a stat this week that suggested that 51% of people DON'T trust their superiors.
On a similarly World Cup note (but keep reading, even if you are football-phobic), I have noticed once or twice the concept of players not trusting their team mates. Someone will have the ball in the middle of the pitch and they have a teammate screaming for it on the wing who simply gets ignored. Now in professional football, it is probably not about trust in a team-mate's abilities, unlike when I was the last pick n the playground (it didn't matter how much space I was in or how good the position, I never got the ball from the talented people). It might be more about tactics. However, watching the one-man team that is Brazil, I wonder whether Neymar's brilliance-bordering-on-arrogance, like every truly exceptional player's, masks a lack of trust in others as well as rose-tinted belief in his own brilliance.
What about you? How well do you accept what your manager says and do it without question? How much scope is there to become a better employee who is led more easily? And how easy it is to trust those you work with? How willing are you to give people increasingly big challenges to allow them to grow your trust or have you written them off and try to ignore them now? Trusting those above, around and below you is vital for your team because lack of it will obviously cost everyone time and money. Yes, there might be a lack of capability, but that is a management issue. Until that is dealt with, we need to keep persevering with the trust thing.