Conversely, having an Accountability System in place helps teams own their standards, improves communication, team involvement, and team success.
Start with four tiers to your Accountability System.
- Personal Responsibility - Athletes must abide by the standards of the team -- the standards that s/he helped to create. These are standards s/he must believe in. They should have been created with the sincere belief that they will help their team achieve its very best.
- Team Accountability - As mentioned above, when the team creates their own standards, personal and team accountability naturally become part of your team culture.
- Team Involvement - If/ when a situation arises that threatens your team culture, the athletes on the team must be the first to step up to address it. One athlete may address it on his/ her own, or a small group of athletes may join together to show their support. Should this not be enough, then the whole team must join together to address the situation.
- Coach Involvement - Only when a meeting of the whole team does not resolve the threat should the coach get involved.