5 Tips to Make a Coach a Better Leader
Coaches are leaders. They have a responsibility to help their athletes navigate through their athletic journey.
Researchers James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner analyzed 75,000 individuals in a wide range of leadership roles and discovered a recurring pattern of five leadership practices.
They have been adapted to provide practical guidance to coaches. Leadership requires practising all of these behaviours to various degrees at different times.
|Five Leadership Practices|| |
|Model the Way|| |
1. Clarify Your Values by finding your voice and reaffirming shared ideals.
2. Set the Example by aligning actions with shared values.
|Inspire a Shared Vision|| |
3. Envision the Future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities.
4. Enlist Others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations.
|Challenge the Process|| |
5. Search for Opportunities by seizing the initiative and looking outward.
6. Experiment and Take Risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from experience.
|Enable Others to Act|| |
7. Foster Collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships.
8. Strengthen Others by increasing self-determination and developing competence.
|Encourage the Heart|| |
9. Recognize Contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence.
10. Celebrate the Values and the Victories by creating a spirit of community.
Coaches, learn how to become strong and empowered leaders. Enroll in the Coaching and Leading Effectively. The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) multi-sport modules series are available through your Provincial or Territorial Coaching Representative.