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Good coaches know that player-led teams win. They don’t wish and wait for team leaders to show up. They systemically develop them.
"The Team Leader OS has everything needed to improve the leadership of our student/athletes. The systematic way the Video Course is laid out is tremendous, with perfect pacing. The reflective questions are great.”
- Scott Bergman (Activities Director)
Too many people think you only need “talent” to win.
Certainly, some talent is needed. In my mind, you need "enough" talent to win.
Many teams have “enough” talent.
But then what? How do they do it? What are the keys?
I believe six keys are developed in winning teams. As coaches, we should focus on developing these six areas year in and year out and work to be systemic in their development. The best coaches do this.
Here are the 6 Keys to Winning Teams.
Committed players make up committed teams. And winning teams are committed teams.
How do you develop a commitment to excellence? It takes time and is a critical part of developing a culture.
I think it is critical to focus on the tone setters on your team and do whatever you can to ensure they are committed. Peer pressure is big, especially with high school athletes. If you can get your core players committed, the rest usually follow.
Toughness is both physical and mental. And tough teams win.
I believe TOUGH teams win. What does TOUGH stand for?
T = Tight Knit
O = Optimistic
U = Unselfish
G = Gritty
H = Humble
How do you develop toughness in your team?
Mindset is about how you interpret change and adversity.
Successful athletes have growth mindsets. They view failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. Kobe had a great perspective on failure.
Competitiveness is a critical athletic skill.
In my opinion, it is the most important in sport.
There is a difference between playing hard and competing. Competing is playing to win. Competitors know HOW to win. They know what wins.
How do you teach your athletes how to compete? How do you create a culture of competition?
Player-led teams win, and the best coaches are always working to develop their team leaders systematically.
How do you develop your team leaders year after year?
Unfortunately, there are many coaches who HOPE and WISH for team leaders each season. They do not purposefully develop them.
This is why I developed the Team Leader OS - To help coaches grow and develop their team leaders each and every year!
Finally, and maybe most important, is an ongoing focus on culture.
The best coaches know that developing culture is the #1 job of a coach.
What you Allow
What you Emphasize
Great coaches engage in constant reflection on their culture. They make sure that their standards are defined, communicated, and clear.
Great teams have talent. But more importantly, great teams are focused on developing and growing their team in the following six areas:
As a coach, it is incredibly important that you constantly reflect on how you best develop these skills in your team.
This is what separates good teams from great teams.