Facilitating whole-person growth is one of the eight most effective ways to build trust in a team environment…
One of the most important aspects of coaching a sports team has nothing to do with the literal duties of coaching a sports team. What we learn in sports goes far beyond the court or field, which is why coaches must facilitate whole-person growth, teaching and encouraging players beyond the hard skills of their sports and focusing on the lessons that will help them in life, as people and human beings.
Facilitating whole-person growth is one of the eight most effective ways to build trust in a team environment, according to a study conducted by Paul Zak of the Harvard Business Review in his article, The Neuroscience of Trust.
“High-trust workplaces help people develop personally as well as professionally,” Zak wrote. “Numerous studies show that acquiring new work skills isn’t enough; if you’re not growing as a human being, your performance will suffer. High-trust companies adopt a growth mindset when developing talent. Some even find that when managers set clear goals, give employees the autonomy to reach them, and provide consistent feedback, the backward-looking annual performance review is no longer necessary. Instead, managers and direct reports can meet more frequently to focus on professional and personal growth. This is the approach taken by Accenture and Adobe Systems. Managers can ask questions like, ‘Am I helping you get your next job?’ to probe professional goals. Assessing personal growth includes discussions about work-life integration, family, and time for recreation and reflection. Investing in the whole person has a powerful effect on engagement and retention.”
I love his word choice of “investing.” As a coach, that’s exactly what you need to do with every single player – and coach – on your team. You need to invest your time and energy into helping them achieve their goals. While, yes, in a team environment, many of the goals are the same – winning a championship, beating a rival, setting new records – many of them are also wildly different. Some players might want to develop leadership skills, which will help them in the future as leaders in the work force. Others might want to earn a college scholarship. Still others may want to learn new ways to learn, or handle pressure, or develop mental toughness, or any number of soft and hard skills. The personal goals for every individual will always be different. It is your job as a coach to know your players well enough to determine what those goals are, and how you can help them get there.
Far too often do we see athletes putting hours upon hours honing skills, becoming phenomenal athletes – only to be miserable in the process. What’s missing is their personal development. The job description of a coach may be to win games and develop better athletes. But any coach worth their salt knows that the ultimate goal as a coach, a role model, an influence in the lives of young men and women, is to develop well-rounded individuals who will go on to make society a better place.
At Volleyball1on1, we emphasize this through a concept we call “It’s bigger than volleyball.” The most important aspect of this is a Japanese philosophy called “Kaizen,” which encourages constant, continuous growth in all aspects of life. We teach our players how to become better learners, utilizing tools of metacognition to improve their speed of learning. But we also develop their communication ability and help them to work on their goal setting, showing them the value of physically writing down their goals, and the massive difference it makes. We intentionally put our athletes in pressure situations, not only to simulate what will happen later that season, but later in life!
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