Discover how to create a winning team by adopting the mindset and strategies of a sports coach and making small decisions that lead to big impact.

Picture this: a sports coach diligently working with their players, building trust and fostering an environment of open communication. They understand that each player has a unique role and purpose on the team, and they emphasise the importance of collaboration and growth. This is the kind of leader who creates empowered teams that achieve extraordinary results by making small decisions that create significant, lasting value.

In this post, we’ll explore five essential tips for empowering your team, inspired by the sports coach’s approach and examples from our video series. By adopting these strategies, you’ll inspire and empower your team members to make intentional decisions that drive transformative change and help them make faster, smarter, and better decisions.


1. Cultivate a Culture of Communication

Just as a sports coach encourages open communication among players, you too must create an environment where team members feel comfortable asking questions and sharing ideas. Encourage your team to ask questions up front and during reviews to ensure clarity and understanding. By fostering an atmosphere of trust and transparency, you’ll empower your team to make faster, smarter, and better decisions.


2. Clarify Their Purpose

A sports coach helps each player understand their role and how it contributes to the team’s success. Similarly, you must ensure your team members are clear on their purpose within the organisation. Engage in regular conversations and coaching sessions to reinforce their purpose and align their goals with the overall vision. This clarity will empower them to make better decisions and take ownership of their tasks, ultimately delivering exceptional results.


3. Refuse to Micromanage

Micromanaging players on the field would only frustrate and disempower them. Likewise, you should resist the temptation to micromanage your team members. Instead, focus on hiring and developing the right people for the job. Engage in coaching conversations and ask powerful questions to help them grow and achieve their potential. By trusting your team and giving them autonomy, you’ll enable them to make smarter, faster decisions and unleash their creativity and drive.


4. Involve Them in Decision-Making

Just as a sports coach values their players’ input and encourages them to suggest ideas, you should involve your team members in the decision-making process. Don’t provide all the solutions – empower your team to come up with their own ideas and demonstrate your confidence in them. When they succeed, celebrate their achievements and reinforce their sense of ownership and responsibility. This approach will lead to faster decision-making and greater team satisfaction.


5. Facilitate the Right Culture

A sports coach recognises and rewards positive behaviours that contribute to the team’s success. As a leader, it’s your responsibility to identify and praise behaviours that align with your organisation’s desired culture. Be attentive to team members who aren’t demonstrating the right behaviours, and address any issues through open conversations and coaching. By actively managing your team’s culture, you’ll create a supportive and empowering environment that fosters better decision-making.

Your Empowering Team Checklist

  1. Cultivate a culture of communication: Foster trust and transparency to enable faster, smarter, and better decisions.
  2. Clarify each team member’s purpose: Align their goals with the overall vision for better decision-making and ownership.
  3. Refuse to micromanage: Trust your team and give them autonomy to make smarter, faster decisions.
  4. Involve team members in decision-making: Empower them to come up with their own ideas and solutions for greater satisfaction and faster decision-making.
  5. Facilitate the right culture: Create a supportive and empowering environment that fosters better decision-making.

By implementing these tips and embracing the mindset of a sports coach, you’ll inspire your team members to make intentional decisions that drive transformative change and create significant, lasting value for your organisation and community. Remember our tagline: Small Decisions, Big Impact. The more consistently you apply these strategies, the more empowered and effective your team will become.