Managing an organization and coaching a team have many similarities. In fact, you can often hear employees refer to their coworkers as “teammates”. Everyone is working together to accomplish a goal, and everyone plays a specific role in reaching that goal. Maybe that’s why former NCAA Division I and NFL coaches Bob Knight and Mike Ditka, respectively, shared their perspectives on success.
1. Create a culture of accountability.
In order for a team to be successful, it’s imperative that every member knows the importance of their role, how they fit into the team as a whole, and the need to execute their responsibilities as best as they possibly can. It’s the leader’s responsibility to provide all the necessary resources for the team to perform at its highest level. Mr. Knight said it’s important to teach self-reliance and make sure your team knows they have all the tools they need to get the job done.
2. There’s a time, place, and way to communicate passionately.
Sometimes being a good coach means you have to be tough on your players, but being tough doesn’t mean being disrespectful. Employees want to see that they have a passionate leader, it engages them and lets them know you care. Just make sure you are being passionate at the right time and place.
3. Make sure players are in the right position.
It’s not enough to just recognize an individual’s talent, but you also need to assess where that talent fits best on your team. If you have a really talented employee who is struggling, sit down with them and find out what they do well and what they’re passionate about, then see if there may be a better place for them within your organization.
4. Ask questions.
Leaders are at the top of an organization, but they are dependent upon those who work for them. BHR says, “Just as not every person can do all things, one coach or leader doesn’t know all things.” Asking questions and gaining insight from your team can help you do your job more effectively.