Leadership – Are you a Leader?
Leadership happens when a person influences others to do what he or she wants them to do to achieve specific goals.
In rugby, a good leader can influence how his or her players think or play during matches or training sessions. A good leader knows how to get the best out of the players. To become a better leader, you need to be aware of how players respond. Some will respond better to firm instruction and correction while others require a more caring and calm approach.
As a leader you need to understand that other coaches’ or players’ views are important. You have to be prepared to listen, take on board what they say and act in a humble manner.
Everyone has the potential to be a leader. There is not a simple recipe for becoming an effective leader because effective leadership depends on the interaction between the leader, players and situation. When the playes play they should all be leaders; that is, each player is repsonsible for his or her particular area of the game and all have to be accountable for their actions.
As a Coach, I want leadership from all my players because each of you has to ignite and inspire the team and crucial times during the game or training session. Once person cannot do it alone; it has to be a collective effort.