Let's Talk TRUST!

Lessons from the Blue Angels

In our work with teams and identifying issues that will stop them from reaching their potential, one of the issues identified by every team is a lack of trust. So, how do you engage your team on a conversation about trust?

“Without TRUST we don’t truly collaborate; we merely coordinate or, at best, cooperate. It is TRUST that transforms a group of people into a team.”

Stephen Covey

Our favorite activities to engage student athletes in a conversation about TRUST are started using this video:

George Dom is a retired Blue Angels captain and shares what he learned about the importance of trust and how to build it through his time leading the Blue Angels.

At the end of the video he shares the following keys to HIGH TRUST LEADERSHIP:

  1. CHARACTER: “Do I walk my talk?”

  2. COMMITMENT: “Will I be with them when times are rough?”

  3. COMPETENCE: “Am I good enough to lead them?”

  4. CONNECTION: “Do they believe I understand them?”

  5. COMMUNICATION: “Am I clear, concise, and direct?”

After watching the video and giving the student-athletes the opportunity to share anything that stood out to them from the video. Next we utilize the following activities.

If you don’t have time to do all three things (Watch & Discuss Video, Activity #1, & Activity #2) in one day, then consider spreading this out over three sessions of about 20 minutes each.

ACTIVITY #1: Pilot 1 Position

Go back and pause the video at the 2:25 mark, which shows Pilots 2, 3, & 4 with their eyes locked on Pilot 1.

Use the activity linked below to engage your team about who they trust to follow and who may be watching & following them!

ACTIVITY #2: High Trust GPA

Go back and pause the video at the 12:45 mark, which shows the 5 keys of HIGH TRUST LEADERSHIP.

Use the activity linked below to provide an opportunity for self-reflection and team analysis by calculating a HIGH TRUST GPA. This activity will also help you identify strengths and areas of growth in the area of trust for your team.


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Look back on this tweet thread from August 15th, 2023, for another activity.