What Can We Learn in Business from Sports Coaches?

“When you’re part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they’d do the same for you.”

~ Yogi Berra

What Can We Learn in Business from Sports Coaches?

By Sal Monastero

To ask ourselves if we have communicated the goal for the team we lead.
In order to communicate the goal, we have to know and believe in the result we want to achieve.

It doesn’t matter what the goal for the year is if the people on your team don’t trust your motives.
You have to possess personal values that the people on your team respect. Or put a different way, they need to see a level of personal integrity on your part that gives them the confidence to follow your leadership.

You have to know it to lead it.
You have to know your business (know the sport) and be dedicated to constantly improving your knowledge of it.

You have to lead each individual.
The coach knows that his or her efforts can’t be directed at the group exclusively. He or she will have to teach the fundamentals individually to each player.

Create a team to be a leader.
The coach also knows that after the individuals know their fundamentals, it’s up to him or her to create a winning team. The coach knows that she/he has to take individuals and determine how to put them together for maximum benefit (Monastero, 2010, p. 60-63).

From: Monastero, S. (2010). Winning at leadership: how to become an effective leader. Bloomington, IN: IUNIVERSE, Inc.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu/


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