Workshop 4
Leadership begins with self-knowledge
“Self-knowledge is the basis
for character...
Character is the root
of integrity...
Integrity provides the foundation
for leadership”.
(Lombardi, 2001)
Leadership in simple terms
• Understand the vision.
• Direct and enable others to
cooperate in achieving it.
“Leadership is the ability to
direct people, more important,
to have those people accept
that direction”.
(Lombardi, 2001)
Leadership is about
taking people to greater heights
working with participants on the how and helping them
figure out the what and why
encouraging them to push themselves to achieve the
highest possible performance
enabling, not telling
talking the talk and walking the walk...walking alongside.
Leadership is about (continued)
“Leadership that pulls together people with
diverse talents, backgrounds, experiences and
interests, encourages them to step up to
responsibility and continued achievement,
and treats them as full scale partners and
Leadership is not about memorising
techniques or devising the perfect game plan.
It is about really paying attention to people
– really believing them, really caring about
them, really involving them.”
(Peters & Austin, 1985)
Leadership as empowerment
Current ideas on leadership involve
empowering followers to self-lead.
This is important in a coach leadership
role, as empowering athletes enables
them to make their own decisions and
self-lead during performance.
Leaders build leadership
To build leadership the leader has to
enable participant independence so
they can perform with freedom and
autonomy to make informed
decisions without the leader
(Hinkson, 2001)
The leadership role
A good leader is a person who
is a good teacher
doesn’t put down those they are working with
gets the most from those they are working with
works within the framework of the rules.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way,
and shows the way.”
John C. Maxwell
The ingredients of a successful leader
• create and practise values
• develop committed followers
• inspire lofty accomplishments
• model appropriate behaviour
• focus attention on important
• connect the group to the
outside world.
(Lee & King, 2001)
What is successful leadership?
Successful leaders get the most out of the
participants and enable them to learn
how to lead and follow within the team
how to make good decisions
not to be afraid to fail
character values
how to be successful leaders and people
to be the best they can be.
(Adapted from Hinkson, 2001)
The Lombardi Leadership Model (2001)
hard work
mental toughness
Which of these leadership traits are the
hardest for you?
Building team culture
• Team culture is built from individuals’ values,
beliefs, intentions, behaviour and
commitment to the team vision and goals.
• It’s about creating opportunities for the group
to learn about each other and make decisions.
Building team culture (continued)
Growing a group of
individuals into a team
going in the same direction
is part of the challenge of
coaching team sports.
It is about understanding
why each individual is
there and then collectively
deciding where the team is
Building team culture (continued)
• Allowing everyone to
understand the team
direction, rules and
way of working is
essential, no matter
how old the
athletes are.
Steps to setting up an effective team
• Get to know each other,
spend time with
activities getting to
know each other at the
start of your season.
• Set goals together,
allow everyone to have
buy-in to the group
• Work out a plan of how
to achieve the goals.
Steps to setting up an effective team
• Assign roles to each
team member so
everyone has
• Monitor and evaluate
as the season
• Ask questions of the
athletes and the team
and solve them
Steps to setting up an
effective team (continued)
Give lots of feedback both
individually and collectively.
Value individuals alongside
the specialness of the team.
America’s Cup Team New Zealand
Rules of Operation
fairness and honesty ‘play nicely together’
openness – ‘share your toys’
emphasise simplicity
focus – remember the big
we will encourage creativity
and emphasise followthrough.
Reflective practice
Reflect on your coaching experience by answering the
following questions
• What went well with your chosen activity?
• Why did it go well?
• Why didn’t it go as well as you had hoped?
Reflective practice (continued)
What would you change for next
What surprised you?
Would you choose that activity
again? Why? Why not?
Hinkson, J. (2001). The art of team coaching. Canada: Warwick
Publishing Inc.
Lee, R. J. & King, S.N. (2001). Discovering the leader in you:
A guide to realising your personal leadership potential.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Lombardi, V. Jr. (2001). What it takes to be #1: Vince Lombardi on
leadership. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Peters, A.L. & Austin, S.J. (1985) A Passion for Excellence- the
Leadership Difference.

Workshop 4: Coach leadership