Which comes first: trust or empowerment?

A team only develops trust when each member has a clear role that matches their gifting and is empowered to carry out that role to the best of their ability. Do I feel empowered because I trust my leader? Or do I trust my leader because I feel empowered? This is likely a cycle that snowballs into a momentum within a team dynamic in one direction or the other. Trust and empowerment can build on each other as a team gains experience together. The opposite is also true in a diminishing and distrustful cycle. Distrust will feed a diminished sense of empowerment which will lead to further distrust if the cycle isn’t broken. distrust and trust

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  1. It’s important to be aware of which cycle you are operating on in every relationship. A cycle of distrust is dangerous and inevitably, harmful to the relationship.

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