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Team-Building Through Humility And Respect

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Andrea Vest Ettekal is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. She earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from Kent State University (Kent, OH) and both her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). Currently, she is Project Director of a project titled “Evaluating the Positive Coaching Alliance Model: Developing Competitors of Character” funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Andrea has special expertise in youth out-of-school time (OST) programs with a focus on adolescents' sport participation.

In this video, Andrea advises the best way to build a cohesive team is through emphasizing the moral virtues of humility and respect. Coaches who teach humility help break down the social hierarchy that often exists within groups...especially groups of highly competitive youth and high school athletes, who may all want to be the alpha. In terms of emphasizing respect, Andrea suggests it is critical to creating a sense of belonging among teammates and a conviction that they all are striving for the same goal.