GCU Open Communication & Trust as A Public Health Leader Response Discussion


Please see my weekly discussion question (DQ) Answer and response to my discussion question from the professor and reply to question asked by professor:


– minimum of 150 words or more

– strong academic writing / APA style 7TH ED

– scholarly ( peer review) articles, no older than 5 years (please use in-text citing and HYPERLINK to article to must be in the Reference section.

– please be original writing and must answer all parts of question for full credit.

My weekly DQ

Building trust with the employees displays a picture of the work that needs to be done at the community level. Leaders need to put in extra effort for relationships and trust to be built. In the professor’s organization, they prefer taking suggestions from the employees, which are later used in leadership tables. Feedbacks is one of the best ways that I believe can be used to build trust. It helps develop a relationship between the leaders and subordinates, leading to a harmonious workplace full of confidence (Ford, R.C, Piccolo & Ford, L.R, 2017). Feedbacks also help employers work on the negative side suggested by their employee.

Transparency is also another issue that I believe leaders should embrace to develop trust with their subordinates through workers expressing their opinions and being direct without fear of anyone or anything. Leaders should also show transparency by saying their suggestions and concerns without showing favor to anyone.

The next time I am fostering a group as their leader, three main actions are to ensure I build trust with my subordinate. One is by setting realistic goals. I prefer Setting goals that I am pretty sure the team will achieve. Secondly, I would be accountable all through the team workings. It can be through leading by example by showing the same standards to those of the subordinate members of the group.

Last but not least, I would work effortlessly on uniting the team by treating them equally without appearing to favor anyone. I will also show the subordinate that I will not accept gossips among them to make sure they live together as one. All these will help build trust within the team, thus easily achieve the group’s overall goals.


Ford, R. C., Piccolo, R. F., & Ford, L. R. (2017). Strategies for building effective virtual teams: Trust is critical. Business Horizons, 60(1), 25-34.

Professor response:

It is important for any team working together to have positive and open communication, without this the foundation for the team can become rocky. During my tenure in public health, I have witnessed struggles with communication when there are differences in knowledge of departments. For example, I have seen friction between Communications and Programming due to the different skill sets used to accomplish goals and objectives for the organization. It takes both teams meeting in the middle to accomplish goals and objectives to move the organization forward. As a public health leader, what types of professional development or policies would you put in place to ensure that there is open communication?