If you want to “strengthen” your team, start with teaching them to “respect each other.”
Respect is a key component in strengthening your team on the field and off. Teamwork begins with individuals respecting their teammates whether on the field, or in the real world. Once they respect one another, the strength of a team begins to emerge. Teammates can then begin to work together, share together, endure together and succeed together. Eventually, they share the powerful benefits that can only come through individuals acting together toward the pursuit of a common goal.
Teams form around a single common purpose. Teamwork occurs within a team only when there is respect. Great teams evolve around self respect and respect for each other. In retrospect, all great teams reflect on the journey they have made as individuals and how they have learnt to appreciate the skills, knowledge and behavior of their respective team-mates.
The most important skill to teach team members to improve respect is how to listen and ask questions, especially clarifying and enquiring questions. Teaching the team to question rather than assume builds rapport and respect quickly. To maintain self respect and respect for others, disrespect must be counseled. Allowing individuals to show blatant disrespect is a certain precursor to the rest of the team going down the same path.
Teams build themselves around single, purposeful goals. Great outcomes arise from teams when that goal is extremely meaningful to the majority of team members. Great outcomes are achieved from great teamwork when there is respect.*
*An excerpt from Change Factory/BuildYourOwnBusiness
As Andrew Carnegie once said, “Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
Former NFL football coach Vince Lombardi said it another way. “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
And Coach Phil Jackson of the Chicago Bulls said , “The strength of the team is each individual member…the strength of each member is the team.”