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Building Inner Trust – there is no agile without confidence

One of the most important attributes of a great leader is to foster and maintain trust within the team. Even by putting forth a riveting vision, a solid strategy, amazing communication skills, if the people from your team don’t trust you, it will be hard to obtain the results you set. Trust has a massive influence on productivity, morale, loyalty, even creativity, one might argue. Therefore, this feature can affect the leader’s impact on the company more than anything else.

While trust within the team can be reached through various ways and actions, the aim of this talk is to look at inner trust first. By this, we understand admitting that you are an approachable fallible human being, just as anyone else, instead of narcissistically believing that you have superpowers. We will mostly focus on building the sort of confidence that even if we fail sometimes, we can pick it up from there and create new ways of succeeding.

Through various exercises, we will challenge our faulty thoughts and learn how to create healthy flexible ones that will bring us a relaxed atmosphere both inwardly and at the workplace. By applying Socratic questioning to our thought patterns, we will learn to spot the bugs, elegantly remove them and build useful beliefs instead. These are merely ways of gaining a different healthy perspective on ourselves and the world around us. Through becoming a tiny bit more flexible, we can strengthen our self-confidence that is further reflected in our words and actions.

As people are more likely to learn from a personal example rather than from being told what to do, bringing the newly found confidence and energy to the table can only breed trust and positive feelings among them. This will influence both the team and the company as a whole on the long run.


Gina Enache

Gina is a psychotherapist/ clinical psychologist and she enjoys studying cognitive, emotional, social processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments. Therefore, She can help people understand problems, including issues at home, at the workplace, or in their community. She enjoys working with people in order to identify their strengths or resources that they can use to manage their problems. Also, She is one of the founding members of CHOICE, an organization that sets up events and workshops, aiming to promote scientific psychology, improve people’s lives and help them achieve their goals. Gina and her partners created this organization because they feel that it is necessary for people to have access to quality information and they want to raise awareness about mental health and ways through which one can fight it.


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