Today, because of its popularity, I am pleased to once again share a guest post from Garret Kramer of InnerSports LLC about how to be a great coach:
14 Attributes of Great Coaches
By Garret Kramer,
Author of Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and LifeThere are many, many coaching manuals and books on the market today. Unfortunately, virtually all of them provide an external blueprint or "positive" guide to successful coaching and leadership. Very few, however, point the coach inward to an intuitive understanding that he or she already possesses.
1. Great coaches think state of mind first; behavior (including "working hard, "staying positive, and "doing the 'right' thing"), a distant second.2. Great coaches know that what they say pales in comparison to the state of mind from which they say it.
3. Great coaches know that their perception of others is based solely on their own state of mind -- which is always subject to change.4. Great coaches set few expectations if any. They know better than to make players victims of their own circumstances.
9. Great coaches understand that, win or lose, they'll be perfectly okay.10. Great coaches value imagination and creativity above a code of conduct or strategic system.
11. Great coaches rarely talk about or display past accomplishments. They know better than to take their team out of the here and now.12. Great coaches are models of engagement and passion no matter the external circumstance (score, standings, opponent's actions, referee's call, etc.).
The bottom line is that the best coaches produce intuitive leaders who consistently come through in the big moment. And you don't do this by dictating behavior or setting external standards. Instead, great coaches provide failure-free environments, and, thus, the instincts and free will of their players flourish.