Camaraderie is a feeling of trust and friendship among a group of people who have
usually known each other for a long time or gone through
some kind of experience together.
Goodwill and lighthearted rapport between or among friends.
Set the tone for open communication
Open communication creates safety, and it only takes one person to set the tone for this
kind of transparency and clarity. Generally, if one person is clear and open with their
communication, it gives others permission to do the same.
• Mean what you say
• Avoid exaggerating
• Listen and ask for clarification —
Resolve conflicts quickly
Often in our efforts to cultivate positive working relationships we avoid conflict, thinking,
“let’s just keep the peace.” The problem is, avoiding conflict never keeps the peace like
we think it will. In fact, conflicts that are left untouched become worse over time. A
conflict that starts small can get out of hand if it’s not addressed quickly.
In order to build relationships in the midst of conflict, rather than tear them down, here
are a few things to remember:
• There are two sides to every story, and all of the fault never falls on one side.
Have an open mind and be willing to think about how you (or both parties, if you’re
the mediator) might have contributed to the tension or misunderstanding.
• There is often conflict under the conflict, See if you can get to the bottom of the
conflict. That’s where real resolution will come from.
Taking care of conflict quickly helps ensure each member of the team this is a safe and
fun place to enjoy camaraderie.
Respect the differences of individuals and celebrate their
Give away ownership
Finally, there is no better way to create camaraderie among your team than allowing
each member of the post to feel invested in what you’re doing. Post members are more
likely to feel like they’re an integral part of the whole, and therefore to bring their best
every day, when they feel responsible for what they’re doing.
Here are a couple of thoughts about how to grow ownership.
• Know the strengths each member of the post has to offer, and invite them to use
those strengths in specific ways. Volunteering for a committee.
• Be willing to delegate projects, not just tasks. This communicates trust and gives
personal responsibility to the person taking charge.
Giving away ownership is so important to camaraderie because people will care
deeply about that which they worked to create.