Leadership And Trust In Team Collaboration

Prepare a 10–12-slide PowerPoint presentation for department managers on building leadership and trust in collaborative teams.    

Perhaps the best predictor of team success is its clarity of  purpose and the team’s commitment to achieving it. To support that  purpose, a team needs a process that moves smoothly from vision and  mission to goals and tasks in order to achieve the desired outcomes. The  foundation of both purpose and process is leadership.

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Any form of collaboration is an inherently human process. The  culture of an organization can dramatically affect team efficacy and  performance. The glue that holds teams together is trust. Three factors  can help build trust in collaborative environments: performance and  competence, integrity, and concern for the well-being of others.

“There is a need for nursing leaders to provide inspiration,  mentorship, and direction, whether it be for a patient or the  profession” (Mahoney, 2001, p. 269). Mahoney’s point is that leaders are  needed at all levels, all functions, and all specialties of nursing.  Leadership skills are especially important when guiding or facilitating a  team.

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But what makes a skilled leader? Aranda, Aranda, and Conlon (1998)  suggest that five elements are critical: sharing an inspired vision,  challenging team processes, modeling effective team behaviors,  empowering team members, and encouraging the heart (pp. 45–46). Leaders  must deal with conflict, decision making, and goal achievement.

In health care today, there are more teams (including virtual  teams) of multidisciplinary professionals than ever before. To lead  these teams effectively and successfully, the roles and responsibilities  of each team member need to be clearly defined, along with clear  descriptions of how the team will make decisions.

Trust is an important factor in multidisciplinary team  collaboration as well, and it is measured in terms of reliability and  communication. A competent and effective leader knows how to build trust  across boundaries (geographic, cultural, gender, age, et cetera) to tap  the skills and talents of each team member, resulting in team success.


Aranda, E. K., Aranda, L., & Conlon, K. (1998). Teams: Structure, process, culture, and politics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Mahoney, J. (2001). Leadership skills for the 21st century. Journal of Nursing Management, 9(5), 269–271.


You have been asked by organizational leadership to develop a  PowerPoint presentation for department managers on building leadership  and trust in collaborative teams. Your presentation should be 10–12  slides in length and include a references slide at the end. Use the  notes section of each slide to expand your talking points and reference  your resources. Be sure your references are formatted according to APA  guidelines.

This assessment examines two critical components for  interprofessional team success: leadership and trust. Develop a  PowerPoint presentation in which you:

  • Identify at least three leadership behaviors that build trust within a team.
  • Identify at least three leadership behaviors that undermine trust within a team.
  • Explain the consequences of a team that does not trust its leader in terms of patient safety.
  • Describe strategies team members can use to build trust among one another in terms of skill, knowledge, and responsibility.
  • Describe principles of effective interprofessional team  leadership. In other words, what skills and qualities should a good team  leader possess? Is there a difference between being a good leader and  being an effective leader?

Additional Requirements

  • Include a title slide and references slide.
  • Create 10–12 slides in addition to the title and references slides.
  • Use at least three current scholarly or professional resources.
  • Use APA format for references.
  • Be creative. Consider your target audience.
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