Research has shown that in group work settings, your brain naturally tends to trust people simply because they sound like they know what they’re talking about. It’s part of the unconscious bias that takes place in your brain every second of the day — a trait that is extremely important to survival.
But that unconscious bias might also be setting you up in a bad work situation. As we’ve heard for years, knowing is half the battle. Simply being aware that your brain is naturally inclined to trust more gregarious or authoritative people means you can guard against it. Instead, trust people you’re working with by looking at their actual capabilities and accomplishments. If you need to, even seek outside opinions.