One thing I hear from coaches all the time is that their team is struggling due to a lack of leadership on their team.
I ask them specifically what they mean.
They often talk about team captains who aren't doing their job "because they're afraid to hold people accountable" or a few of their seniors have "checked out...just biding their time until they’re done."
"Okay," I respond..."so, what about the rest of your team? What's the leadership like on the rest of your team?"
This question usually stumps them. Because most coaches are only thinking about their team captains or seniors when they think about leadership.
And sure...it's a legitimate place to start.
If you define a leader as someone who has influence then your team captains and your senior class probably have a lot of influence on your team. And as all coaches know their influence is not always positive!
Before you throw in the towel and chalk it up to a 'lack of leadership', let's look at leadership from a different angle.Read More