A successful team beats with one heart.
- Sarah Jane Redmond
This is one of those special moments that happen in sport. When a team is able to come together by setting aside egos, and everyone strives for a united goal.
If you are left wondering how to do this, consider the following to help you get closer to creating a successful team environment.
The first step starts with a VISION.
As coaches, if you are going to create a successful team environment, it starts with your vision.
A vision defines organizational purpose and direction. It should resonate with everyone involved and make them feel proud, excited, and understand that there is something bigger than themselves to contribute to. It should also bridge the present to the future and be easy to understand.
Think about it:
1. How does everyone benefit from the vision?
2. What are the strengths of the team?
Leaders are critical to the success of a team.
Things to consider:
a. Does your leadership (coaches, captains) model the vision?
b. Do their actions speak louder than their words?
c. Does the whole team contribute to the vision?
d. Does the leadership show appreciation, respect, and interest in the team?
To create a team culture where the team understands that they are there to serve each other, the team needs to understand that there is something bigger than themselves to contribute to and sacrifice for.
Questions to ponder:
i. Does the team show acts of kindness, respect, honesty, and generosity with each other?
ii. Do teammates understand that as members of the team they are striving together and that their sacrifice is bigger than just one person?
If you had trouble answering any of these questions, contact us at EPIC Sport Psychology to help you strengthen your team culture.