Grand Canyon University Group Trust Building Discussion Response



Review the replies you received to your Topic 6 DQ 1 response. Discuss the suggestions you received for trust building along with your own ideas for how you can improve on developing trust. List three action steps you will take to foster trust and build a strong team the next time you are leading a group.


– minimum of 250 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 1:

According to the assessment, I have several strengths in building trust as a collaborative leader. One, I am keen on creating communication processes that are safe for everyone to speak what is on their mind. I achieve this by being an active listener and respecting people’s opinions and views. Secondly, I protect my group from people who are more focused on power than the collaborative process. By ensuring that each person is treated equally in the group, people gain the trust of my leadership and thus feel accommodated to participate. Thirdly, I approach collaboration by depending heavily on creating trust among stakeholders. Once trust is developed between stakeholders, then they can collaborate effectively towards a common goal.

Apart from the strengths, I also identified areas for improvement in building trust. First, my behavior frequency for establishing a common ground among stakeholders during the initial stages of collaboration is low. I have been more focused on creating a consensus along the journey and rarely during the initial phase of collaborative activity. To help build trust, I need to develop common grounds that will encourage collaborative relationships between stakeholders right from when a group is formed. Further, I needed to improve on ensuring transparency in the processes of collaborative leadership to all stakeholders. Sometimes I have withheld information about my plans and processes for collaborative partnership among some stakeholders and this can be a hindrance towards building trust.

Trust is a critical ingredient for successful relationships within the public health system. Trust provides a sense of safety and thus stakeholders can interact freely with one another without the fear of being judged or exposed. Noteworthy, the public health system consists of a myriad of aspects and professionals who should interact comfortably to yield better results. Additionally, trust enables people to share information freely with one another. As such, people are more likely to share ideas and solutions for improved performance of the health systems.


Building trust with employees mirrors the work that must be done in communities we are looking to implement public health interventions. Work must be put in by leadership to ensure that relationships and trust are being built. You made a great point that there must be transparency in a relationship for trust to be built. In my organization, we take feedback from staff to discuss at the leadership table on how to relay information about the happenings of the organization. Time and time again the concept of transparency comes up. For me, this speaks to the need for staff to not only understand what issues are being brought forward but also a clear action plan of what is being done to address those issues raised by staff. Hearing that staff would like more transparency is a great opportunity for any public health leader to think about how to better and effectively communicate ideas.