The team is something different from the sum of the individuals that compose it, it depends on the structure and group processes of the team, that is, each one of the people that form it are equally important. Everyone within the team has a certain function, something that is better than the rest, so the union of all these qualities forms the best team.
A phrase that I really like about Phil Jackson (former coach and former NBA player) said: “… this is the fight that every leader faces: how to get the team members, who are moved by the individual conquest of the glory, give yourselves, with all your heart, to the effort of the team.”
And is that the groups acquire their own dimensions that differentiate the athlete as a single individual, and precisely this is what makes the group work as such and therefore can begin the search for group goals.
Therefore, something that I think is essential for the team to advance together is to have a good motivational climate, “good vibes” among all the members of the team.
Some of the strategies to achieve an adequate motivational climate are:
– Propose performance goals, not results (focused on the day to day and little by little go changing them for others).
– That the task to be carried out involves a personal challenge (that each day you feel that you improve something).
– Ask the coach for feedback at the beginning or end of the week to know the positive aspects and the aspects to improve.
This last point is fundamental to me, and more so now that I have been a coach for a few years now, and that is to get the team to trust you, not to be afraid to consult aspects that have doubts, that each of the members is personally capable of asking you personal questions so that you can help him … that better that within that motivational climate the coach is also to be the support of the day to day.
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