Are You Coaching Your Athletes HOW To Be Better Leaders?

Part of being a coach means coaching your athletes to become stronger leaders.

Just like you coach technical skills, it’s also important to coach them on leadership skills...like self awareness, communication, judgement & decision-making, and tolerance for adversity.

Help them discover their strengths, uncover their weaker areas, and find ways for them to contribute, learn, and evolve as leaders throughout each season.

If that sounds like a huge responsibility to add to your plate...READ ON! I’ll teach you 3 specific ways to help you coach your athletes on leadership this season.

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5 ways to help your athletes with anxiety

"I have an athlete who struggles with anxiety.  She's plugged into resources on campus...and I'm not allowed to know what's going on.  They can only tell me if she's okay to practice or not."

I hear this same scenario with coaches every season.

It's common for your athletes to have negative thoughts:

"I'm really bad at this."  "Everyone else seems so happy."  "What's wrong with me?"  "I always screw things up."  "No one gets what I'm going through."

However, according to studies of college students in the US, Canada, and the UK...it's getting worse.  Anxiety is going up as students try to perfect, please, and live up to unrealistic standards.

Why?

There are plenty of contributing factors...media, social media, expectations of other people...etc. 

For coaches, the WHY is less important than the WHAT. You can't change the why. You can do something about the what.

What you can do - in your role as a coach - to help each athlete with their own self-concept?

How your athletes perceive themselves is a key factor in their emotional well-being equation.

You may not give yourself enough credit as a coach for the impact you can have on an athlete and how they think about themselves.  You can make a huge difference!

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Hoping for a more positive team culture?

Hope is not the best plan for building a positive team culture. It definitely takes a lot of work!

Creating a positive team culture takes three things 1) structure from the coaching staff 2) engagement from your team 3) and accountability for both coaches and athletes.

A positive team culture begins with the coach - as the designated leader of the team. If the coach doesn't initiate this positive team culture, it'll be really hard for a team to create it for themselves. 

1. The structure for building a positive team culture are the rules, roles, and expectations.

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What Coaches Can Learn from the C-Suite

In the business world, 'the C-Suite' refers to the CEO's, CFO's, COO's...and all the chief <fill-in-the blank> officers within an organization. All these three letter acronyms (TLA's for short) may sound like foreign business jargon to people within athletics. These two worlds may SEEM very different. However, there are well-established practices within the business world that athletics can tap into to create better teams.

Here are 5 systems Google has implemented to create a great team culture:

1.  Exchange feedback regularly

Instead of saving performance reviews until the very end of the season, take the time to give and receive more regular feedback within your coaching staff - every 4 to 6 weeks. Once you say you want to do this, actually schedule it.

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