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A sports team can have the single greatest player of all times or the most winning coach of all time, but without a strong and positive team culture, that sports team is unlikely to succeed. Every single team in every single sport practices and demonstrates a certain culture. In simple terms, team culture can be defined as all the values, beliefs, actions and behaviours that a group of people demonstrate towards a common goal. 

Here at Leaders of Evolution, we provide e-learning skills programs and online courses through our website and partnership program that help student-athletes on the path to success. We have created many courses and programs that are designed to educate student-athletes and other athletic administrators on team culture. Before learning these tactics, it’s also important to understand what this looks like and why it’s important.

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What does Team Culture Look Like? 

No team is alike and no team has the same culture, or way of life. Instead, the culture depends on every single player, coach, and athletic administrator. It incorporates opinions and behaviours of every single member on the team and can vary between seasons. Overall, a team’s culture can be representative of the attitudes, behaviours, and actions taken by a team, in this case, a sports team. However, this does not mean that team culture is always positive; in some cases, a team’s way of life can be negative and harmful to participants.

Leaders of Evolution believes in educating students and administrators on the values and attributes of a positive team environment. One of the most important aspects of team culture is cultural alignment, which means that everyone involved in the team is on the same page and working together towards a common goal. If each individual player and coach has a different end goal, then the team will most likely be unsuccessful to reach each individual goal. Instead, having a single and overarching goal is the key to cultural alignment. 

Oftentimes, team culture is not verbal, but a tangible concept. It’s typically not written down and an unspoken agreement between all parties involved in the sports team. Instead, these objectives and goals are in the mind of every participant and everyone will do their part without even giving it a second thought. 

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Oftentimes, team culture is not verbal, but a tangible concept. It’s typically not written down and an unspoken agreement between all parties involved in the sports team. Instead, these objectives and goals are in the mind of every participant and everyone will do their part without even giving it a second thought. 

Why Is It Important?

There are many important aspects to the success of a sports team, but none more prominent than a positive and achievable team culture. Setting mental goals and having unspoken agreements will encourage all participants to give their best effort, whether that be during practice, off the field, or during the biggest game of the year. A team with a strong culture will communicate their problems, share their knowledge, collaborate on solutions, and support each other through wins and losses. 

Building a strong culture also means building strong and trusting relationships with teammates and coaching staff. Many student-athletes participate in sports to expand their friendships and make memories that will last a lifetime. Without a strong team culture, student-athletes will not get the full experience of what it is like to be part of a community. 

At the end of the day, winning is the primary goal of participating in sports and dedicating so much time and effort to that sport. While technical skills and a good understanding of the game is important, strong team culture is the number one factor that will increase your team’s chance of success. When a team has the same goals in mind and the same determination to reach those goals, they are more likely to achieve them. 

Why Leaders of Evolution?

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As an educational program dedicated to the success of student-athletes, we also believe in the importance of team culture. Our e-learning skills programs and courses are just one example of our commitment to student success. We have created many eLearning skills programs for a variety of age and competition levels. 

Our “Emerging Leaders in Sport” program is designed to teach student-athletes in years 9 & 10 about leadership skills that can be used both on and off the field. These programs also explain the aspects that student-athletes can bring to strong and successful team culture. 

4 C’s Learning Framework

Throughout all of these e-learning skills programs, we guarantee that our students will walk away knowing with helpful and useful knowledge. Specifically, student-athletes will have a better understanding of how these 4 C’s can impact their performance on and off the field: competence, confidence, character, and connectedness. 

Competence: We guarantee that all students will walk away with the competence, or the ability to apply these skills to the real world. By understanding these techniques, student-athletes should see a noticeable improvement in their performance outcomes.

Confidence: Now that the student-athletes are aware and qualified of the skills needed to be a leader in sports, they will have confidence in their ability to influence themselves and others. Our online courses will help develop a student’s sense of positive self-worth and ability.

Character: From these online sporting courses, student-athletes will develop a sense of self-awareness and build a strong character. They will develop stronger senses of empathy, integrity, and responsibility within themselves and walk away as a better human. 

Connectedness: Finally, student-athletes will have a better understanding of their connectedness and realize that their actions affect everyone around them. Our e-learning skills programs will teach them the importance of building positive working relationships with all parties involved in sports. 

Want to learn more about our hub partnership and e-learning skills programs on team culture? Click here to schedule a virtual tour of our e-learning hub with Leaders of Evolution Co-founder and Director Jon Shepherd.

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