Sports & Gaming
How to Build Trust and Promote Teamwork
Lesson time 14:49 min
Lewis recognizes that the performance of his team members begins and ends with him. In this lesson, he teaches strategies for promoting teamwork in your everyday life, including communication, trust-building, and leadership techniques.
[MUSIC PLAYING] LEWIS HAMILTON: There's that saying that teamwork makes the dream work. It's 100% true. Getting a dream team is not easy, but it's being able to look at the people that you're working with and see the potential in each and every single one of them, working with them to extract that potential from them and vice versa, having them hopefully looking at you and seeing how they can work to extract the best out of you. And that's an amazing journey to go on with people. MAN: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. LEWIS HAMILTON: Formula One is not about one individual. It's a team sport, so there's nearly 2,000 people in my team to build the engine, build the car. The whole car is all built in-house. There's only a few components that are outsourced. It's basically a long chain of many links. Each and every individual is key to making sure that that continues to turn the most efficient and the fastest way. Peter Bonnington is my engineer. He's been my lead engineer for nearly 10 years, and his role, he's the leader-- you know, he's at the head of the car, so we have auto mechanics who build and put this car together at faultless. But they are given instructions from individuals ahead such as Bono in terms of setup, how we set the car up. Whether the ride heights, the fuel loads, all these different things, Bono is instructing them through email. My number one mechanic, Nathe is on the receiving end of those emails, and he instructs all the mechanics to make those changes. So we're in constant communication, all of us, in terms of getting the car to improve in its performance. My job's to go out there and put the car on the limit and highlight to them the areas of weakness. Turn one. This doesn't really feel that much different, that much wider. can go out and say if I mid-corner with 20 degrees of steering angle, if you improve this section, I could get the car turned better and get on power earlier. Or I'm asking for 30% power, but it's giving me 50% power. If you could fix that, then I could be smoother and not have wheel spin. I love this job. And we work in tandem. It's like every single individual needs to be rowing in the same direction with the same strength. What you can do to have a healthy team is making sure you're aware of who your team is, communicating with everyone, looking objectively at everyone and seeing that they've all got potential. How can you help-- how can you make sure they're in the position where they're able to thrive? If everyone is thriving in their position, then everyone is rowing in the same direction with the same force, and you get to your destination faster and more efficiently than you would do otherwise. [MUSIC PLAYING] Finding the right people is definitely-- it's definitely not easy. And there's times where I've had the wrong people around, and it's about being open minded and trying not to be stubborn, looking for the green f...
About the Instructor
As the winningest Formula 1 driver in the history of the sport, Lewis Hamilton knows what it takes to come out on top. Now, he’s teaching you how to achieve greatness in your own life. Whether you already know your goals or are still trying to figure them out, you’ll learn how to face your fears, turn negatives into positives, and continuously challenge yourself in order to find—and reach—your true potential.