As team leaders, we are often faced with the decision of whom to include on our squad. The process in which you go about this is crucial to the success you have as a leader or coach. As a basketball coach for most of my life, I have put together some tips for you as you assemble your team for action. Enjoy.
Focus on the best TEAM. While we are tempted to select those who possess the most talent, we must always stay focused on assembling the best team From top to bottom, we must include those who will fill the necessary roles for ultimate success. They must buy in to what you are trying to accomplish and the values of the greater good.
Who can you trust in action? Who can get the job done without your direct instruction? You must be able to trust your team members to carry out tasks and be leaders on their own. These individuals must trust their teammates well enough to put the team over personal accolades.
For most things, you must do your due diligence and discover the necessary pieces of information to make an educated decision. Choosing your team is no different. Think about the roles you need to fill and find someone who can fill the void. Research everything you need to feel confident about compiling the best pieces that fit together.
Your team must learn to depend on one another both inside and outside the lines. As their leader, it is your job to get them have faith in each other in every situation. Here are a few tips I have for all leaders looking to help build trust within their team:
• Starts with you. Before you begin to help build trust within your team, you must focus on yourself and get your team to trust their leader. What are you all about? What are your values? How well do you live your life? These are the questions that you must answer before you begin to focus on your team.
There are many benefits to being a mentor; one of them being an improvement in your communication skills. Here are some ways that being a mentor can do just that:
Flexibility. Because you become so close with your mentee, you can try out different tactics and see how well they work. With a large group, you must have your tools refined and ready to go at the time of your interaction.
Personal level. This may seem basic, but your personal communication skills will improve dramatically. Interacting with your mentor on a personal level will allow you to improve your interpersonal skills at a significant rate. This will pay off for you in the end.