I often wonder how many locker rooms in the world have a sign hanging on the wall that reads; “There is no “I” in Team”? My guess is that there are many. I have seen many college, high school and travel team team t-shirts with that statement printed on the back. I would imagine even a handful of scouting manuals might have that statement printed in them.
I can’t repeat this enough to every baseball coach or scout – Never confuse what you do with who you are. You will never lose emphasizing character over results. Be successful not just in what you do, but in who you are. Impact your team by serving them, not yourself.
The idea of a team being unified is a longstanding tradition. Every head coach, scouting director, player or front office personnel knows that a team divided is a team that will have a difficult time winning or producing. The “No “I” In Team” idea is a way of rallying the troops to work together and to care for each other. Teamwork is the beauty of a sport, where you have the entire team acting as one. You become selfless instead of selfish!
A team in which every player, coach or scout genuinely cares for the other is a rare find! Because people by nature care only about themselves and what benefits them. However caring for your teammate or co-worker occurs most when a group of people see themselves as a servant to one another. This type of team is possible when others care more about the success of the team than they do about individual accomplishments. Every head coach, manager, scouting director or departmental leader dreams of having such a team.
Building a team of servants begins by building a team that makes an impact. People who see their role on the team as being a servant to the team – rather than the team serving them.
Below are 4 action steps on how you can model being a better servant on your team or in your scouting department…
Caring Commitment: Scouts or coaches who make an impact are ones who are willing to make a commitment to use their influence to connect with others for caring. They genuinely and authentically care for each other. Not to make themselves look better – but to care for the needs of others on the team. Remember; Leadership IS Influence. Don’t wait around for someone else to do the caring. Take the initiative and be committed to to caring for each other!
Speak words of encouragement: Scouts or coaches who make an impact take their role as an encourager seriously. They understand the power of words, and they use their words to build up rather than tear people down. Your words have power, to build up or tear down. I’m not naive, I know there are people we work with or teammates on the team who are what I call, “EGR” people (Extra Grace Required). However, try to do your best to encourage everyone – even “EGR” people. Write a note, text, call, email or just a pat of the back and voice your appreciation for what they mean to the team or a job well done. Be an encourager!
Look for ways to help each other: Scouts and coaches who make an impact look for ways to serve and help their teammates or co-workers who are in need. If you see a need – fill the need. Be pro-active and do it. Needs come in all shapes and sizes. People have physical needs, emotional needs and spiritual needs. Have a heart that seeks to help others not hinder them!
Develop a heart of compassion: Scouts and coaches often times don’t think of competition and compassion going together. However, you can be a very hearty competitor and still have a heart for people in pain or who are hurting – especially people on your own team! Remember, a heart of compassion leads to words of encouragement, which in turn will lead to acts of kindness. They all work together.
In the weeks and months ahead, I challenge you to be a scout or coach who genuinely cares for others on your team, encourages others on your team, helps others on your team and shows compassion to others on your team. By doing so, you will be a scout or coach that makes an impact!
Have a great week!
Are there any other values you use that could be included?