What is Required for Someone to be a Leader in a Team Sport (In a Nutshell)
- A person who must put the team before themselves.
- Someone that has their feet placed firmly on the ground.
- Makes every person around them better players and people.
- Ensures that their teammates perform to their optimum level.
- Must realise that winning isn’t everything, as maximizing performance and endeavour should be the goal.
- Willing to sacrifice any individual recognition and/or accolades below that of the team and subsequently their teammates.
Being a Good Leader in a Team Sport (The Nitty Gritty)
- It’s essential that a leader has a strong character.
- Willing to take risks, when they are needed and be courageous when called upon.
- Think laterally, left of centre and initiate alterations when the team requires them.
- Never give up until it’s mathematically impossible to win!
- True to themselves.
- Stick to their convictions, even during adversity and be resilient in tough times.
- Treat other people in the same manner irrespective of money and/or status.
- A person that it’s driven by goals.
The Don’ts of Being a Leader in a Team Sport (Turning Points)
- Don’t think that everyone is perfect; perfection is impossible.
- Generally, can’t be inexperienced as a leader in order to succeed as one in a team sport.
- Almost need an internship in leadership, before been given the title.
- Can’t be direct, stubborn and forceful.
- De-motivated by failure; focus too much on results.
- Can’t tolerate personal attacks, belligerent and dogmatic people.
- Highly independent, therefore network opportunities can be lost.
- Overcomplicate things.
- Believe winning is everything.
Being a Leader in a Team Sport (Final Thoughts)
- If it was simple to be a successful leader in Team Sport it would be considered elementary.
- Someone has to lose; losing is perceived by society as failure in relation to team sport.
- Must show patience, be calm and endeavour to stay amicable with teammates.
- It’s only natural that people have disagreements; meet halfway.
- There has to be constant flexibility in game plans in Team Sport.
- “Courage is not the absence of fear- it’s inspiring others to move beyond it.”