Rotarians host leadership trainer

TROY — Teamwork makes the dream work. That’s a mantra companies embrace to achieve success. But it may all be just a dream if there is no trust between management and employees.

Ethan Martin of Integrated Leadership Systems, 501 W. Schrock Rd., Suite 200, Westerville, Ohio, has seen how companies across the nation can work together to regain trust through consultative engagements. He shared insights of his work with Troy Rotarians during their weekly meeting on Sept. 5.

Martin has been an executive coach and leadership trainer with Integrated Leadership Systems for 3 years. His discussion focused on how to make work teams more effective. Signs of a healthy, well-functioning team include mutual respect, communication, diversity of opinion and thoughts, and hard work. When there is frustration, anger, inflated egos and distrust, teams often falter and fail. Despite knowledge, work skills and abilities, a team that has poor interpersonal cooperation and trust will damage how colleagues function together.

He cited recent research by Google, through their Project Aristotle, where 100 teams at the company were tested for different factor sets to determine the leading indicator of success. In the first phase, they tried to determine if educational pedigrees, skills and experience had a strong correlation for a successful team. They did not. The next wave of research included subconstructs such as intelligence quotient (IQ). Again, the results did not support the hypothesis. Finally, the Google research team looked at psychological safety factors that combine trust and acceptance as a team focused on a single goal. The inclusiveness of the team, emphasized by acceptance of diverse opinions and perspectives, was the highest correlation for successful teams in the study.

What the results showed was that teams worked the best when there is a high level of psychological safety and high accountability. By accepting team members with mutual respect, maintaining open and honest communication, and showing fallibility boosts the confidence of team members. He also noted that removing the fear of reprisal enables individuals to express opinions, creativity, and accountability. Martin’s consulting process helps teams recognize, and embrace, these behaviors to achieve greater levels of success. To learn more about Integrated Leadership Systems, visit

Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2016-17 Rotary year, over $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum.

In addition to the financial support, Rotarians volunteered nearly 400 hours to several service projects. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow the organization’s activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership in the club, please visit

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