Using Self-Discovery and Communication to Build Trust
If so, then the chances are that you worked extremely effectively together. You knew your co-workers very well, and there was a solid foundation of trust between you. As a result of this positive working environment, you probably accomplished a great deal with this group.
Most of us realize that teams rely on trust in order to function productively, but how do you go about building that trust?
The Johari Window is a model that helps you do this, and it helps you learn important things about yourself, and so develop as a human being.
In this article we’ll look at how the Johari Window works, and we’ll see how you can use it with your team to improve communication and trust.
About the Model
The Johari Window is a communication model that is used to improve understanding between individuals. The word “Johari” is taken from the names of Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham, who developed the model in 1955.
There are two key ideas behind the tool:
- That you can build trust with others by disclosing information about yourself.
- That, with the help of feedback from others, you can learn about yourself and come to terms with personal issues.
By explaining the idea of the Johari Window, you can help team members to understand the value of self-disclosure, and you can encourage them to give, and accept, constructive feedback.
Done sensitively, this can help people build better, more trusting relationships with one another, solve issues, and work more effectively as a team.