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The Soul of a Team

March 18, 2019


A little over a month ago, I attended a conference hosted by my church, 12Stone, called the Coaches Leadership Network. It was an amazing learning opportunity and I have a full recap coming to Sparkles and Sports on Thursday, March 28. Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on one of the two books everyone at the conference received for free. Yes, not only was this free conference highlighted by speakers like Tony Dungy and John Maxwell, but we also got a swag bag that included Dungy’s book “The Soul of a Team: A Modern-Day Fable for Winning Teamwork,” and Maxwell’s book, “Leadershift.”


I just wrapped up “The Soul of a Team” and wow. I love how Dungy crafted a fictional story to illustrate his points. I used to try to mix up fiction books and personal development books and somewhere in the last couple of months that idea fell off. But with Dungy’s book, I got the best of both worlds.


Dungy uses the acronym SOUL to illustrate the keys of a successful team. They are:


Selflessness: Putting individual needs aside for the good of the team.

Ownership: Fulfilling your role by learning it thoroughly and by consistently giving 100 percent.

Unity: Understanding and rallying around your team’s mission, philosophy, and culture through open communication and positive conflict resolution.

Larger Purpose: Contributing to the wider community in a lasting and significant way.


After illustrating the implementation and success of these points through a fictional story, Dungy walks you through how to apply these principles to your own life. This is a great read for coaches, supervisors, managers, mentors, and really anyone who has a desire to be part of a successful team. If you read it I would love to hear your thoughts and favorite parts! Tweet me at @xoxAMM.


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