Every coach wants to have a strong team he can rely on. It doesn't matter if you have great players or not. All that matters is how they work together. Building a team isn't an easy task, especially when there is a bit of friendly competition going on. Teamwork and its implications
within a team the results are higher than any individual can accomplish on its own. But in order for that to happen we need a strong team not just a group of people. For this each and every member needs to understand and accept the common purpose and boundaries.
To make sure that the different personalities in the team don't combust but actually perform well with each other they need to commit to giving and taking, leading and following. The tricky part is that in sports these roles can change very fast in some moments.
Principles to respect for a strong team
For a well preforming team there are few principles they need to respect. It is the coach's duty to make sure that these are implemented in the team's work on and off the field. Strong team principles are:
- Common Identity
- Clear Roles
- Support -Action
Not all of these principles can be implemented right away but take one at a time and work them down. With time they will need fewer help encouragements to build and keep the working environment of a strong team.
The journey towards a strong team
As a coach you need to understand that the team will take different forms at different stages. As much as we all would want it, we can't have the best performing team from day one. In the next lines we'll briefly present the stages a strong team goes through.
Forming. After you have decided who is part of the team, they will need some time to get to know each other, understand each other's boundaries and understand the purpose of the team. This is the level where you can best implement the principles of Purpose, Common Identity, Respect and Trust.
Norming. At this level you'll start sensing the beginning of a strong team. You'll come to see an integration of the team and a sense of unity. It's in your advantage to emphasize on trust within each other and to start making them understand each other's clear roles and responsibilities.
Storming. You need to be able to hold them together at this stage. They will eventually lose sight of the purpose and challenge the leader repeatedly. It's your chance now to remind them that their commitment is to the team, not the leader. Obstacles will occur, but they need to offer support to each and every last team mate.
Performing. In the end you'll end up with the strong team you always wanted. Make yourself and the team realize the long journey they have gone through. This way you help them focus on action and excellence and ways they can sustain their vitality and resiliency.
How team rewards the coach Through the process of building a real team from the numerous individuals, the task of being a coach will now always be simple. It's important to know the right decisions and how to stir them in that direction.
In the end the strong team will reward you with their success and gratitude.
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