One quality of being a good coach is to also be a good leader but many find that this is not always easy to do. Many feel that every individual has the potential to lead others but trying to copy another person’s style of leadership is when the problem begins. We all are unique which means what works for one individual may not work well for others. The following are some ways that a coach can bring their leadership potential qualities to full fruition.
1. It is very important to be yourself. As noted earlier, copying another individual style of leadership will not always work for everyone. For example, some coaches’ styles are very aggressive and they lead that way. Well for the person who is somewhat reserved, trying to incorporate this style may cause players to see right through it and not adhere to instruction. Coaches should hold some type of authoritative demeanor but not every coach has aggressive personalities. Sometimes the coach that is more reserved may have strengths in the areas of instruction such as teaching about playing strategies of the game and they should focus on that more and maybe allow the assistant coaching staff to handle other areas.
2.It is important that a coach be able to communicate effectively with players. By definition a leader is one that is in front. There will be instances of both good and bad when it comes to coaching but a good coach will not shrink like a violet but will step up to the plate and carry on with the goal at hand.3. A good coach leads by example, and yes this goes for their personal lives too. There have been times when a person can look back into their childhood and it was that coach that turned their life around. Oftentimes it is not the experiences that happen on the field that matter but the ones that happen off the field that make the difference.