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Teach: Trust Tools

The tools on this page can be adapted to teach trust, faith, or reliance.
• If you would like to request those tools which were created by the Project on Positive Leadership, please click here.
• Please tell our community about how you use these tools and ask people for advice about how they use the tools on our LinkedIn groups page.
• If you have tools that you like to use when teaching trust, and you are willing to share them with us, please let us know by sending a message to ppl@louisville.edu.


Suspiciousness, Trust, and Naïveté Stories

Free tool available upon request from the Project on Positive Leadership.

  • Author: Ryan Quinn
  • Date: 2020
  • Series: Virtues and Vices
  • Pages: 7
  • Summary: This is one of the tools that makes up the Project on Positive Leadership’s “Virtues and Vices” series of instructional tools. It contains four stories of trust, suspicion, or naïveté. A tool with multiple stories enables students to examine what is required to exhibit ideal trust across different settings, and to account for the differing perspectives of multiple stakeholders. Each story includes carefully-crafted reflection questions to provoke the students’ learning, to prepare them for class, to prepare themselves to practice trust, and to motivate them to be more mindful about their approach to leadership.

Sloan Performance Review

  • Role Play
  • Summary: This tool provides a powerful way to teach trust because it puts the manager into a position where it is natural to accuse the employee of being less than fully forthcoming while being less than fully forthcoming him/herself, and not realizing it. This leads to a great discussion about why and how trust is hard, and what we can do about it.

Win as Much as You Can (Prisoner’s Dilemma)

  • Activity
    • Price: Free
    • There are many versions. This link is provided by newyorklinks.org
  • Summary: The prisoner’s dilemma is a long-time, reliable tool for teaching trust in the classroom. Almost always, people try to build trust, while one person or group betrays it.

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