Los Angeles Clippers basketball player JJ Redick: Your performance and your team’s performance improve when you decide you are playing FOR your teammates and not WITH your teammates. Note: this same perspective is used to build bonds within units of the military, and I’ve seen elite football coaches like Urban Meyer apply it by breaking his 85-man team into smaller subsets to make it easier for players to identify a small unit they are playing for.
Los Angeles Dodgers baseball manager Dave Roberts: As a leader, there are three things your players are looking for from you: (1) Can I trust this person? (2) Does he/she care about me? and (3) Can he/she make me better?