Trust is a vital ingredient for team success. Without trust, there is no team, just a group of individuals competing under the same banner. Even individual sports consist of teams (coach, athlete, support, etc), so trust is vital in each and every sport.
But why is trust so important? The reason trust plays such a vital role in success is because it allows individuals to focus on executing their role in the team without worrying about whether teammates are doing the right thing. Having this focus allows individuals to execute their roles to the best of their ability. If each member of the team executes their role to the best of their ability, the team is more likely to achieve success.
Once coaches understand the importance of trust, they then have to build trust within their teams. But before coaches can build trust between individual athletes they must first build trust between themselves and their athletes. Once this trust had been forged, coaches can then focus on building trust between team members.
“You have to be able to look at the man next to you as your brother. Trust that he is going to do his job. We have to become a family here.”Lebron James
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