FROM THE BRIDGES: Good coaches demonstrate core values in every situation | Lifestyles
Do you know any coaches who rarely discipline their players, especially their best?
I’ve seen teams where the players were out of control practice after practice, game after game. Players under soft leaders display the same behavior in the classroom, in the community, and in relationships.
Coaching involves many different leadership styles. The actions of the players are a direct reflection of the leadership of their coach. The actions are characteristic of a group or not. Consistent recurring actions firmly describe the character of the team.
At the center of a transparent leader is an authentic person. An authentic person is aware of what they believe and stand for.
They are immersed in their core beliefs and values. They convey their core values and beliefs in every situation they encounter. They do this because they have a basic sense of who they are. These leaders mean what they say and say what they mean.
Most of these leaders emulate the way they were coached early in their careers.
Mentoring is the key to leadership. I believe in the methodology of journalist and poet Edgar A. Guest. The guest said he would rather see a sermon than hear one any day.
Fake disciplined coaches are easily detected. They care more about winning games than having disciplined teams. Coaches allowing players to continually break team rules exemplify their true leadership style. Transparency is action and actions display transparency.
The hardest working players I knew in high school and college grew up to be very strong, successful citizens for the most part.
I remember our backup quarterback in college always giving his best. He was a great example every day. He treated everyone honorably and was a good student. Later in life, he was voted math teacher of the year. Additionally, he led his football team to a state championship.
I also know coaches who were questionable athletes in college. They were continually in trouble for not jostling and responding. They were the kings of the party in social life and did not always make a lot of effort to train. Although some of these guys got great jobs, their questionable character can still be detected in their leadership.
Transparent leaders rely on their past experiences as well as their moral values and core beliefs to determine how to handle problems.
Author T. Hodges asserts that a leader’s moral capacity will influence decisions. Moral capacity is defined as the way the leader constructs his role in the organization. This involves their previous experience in dealing with moral issues.
Thought of the week:
“The stricter the discipline, the greater the devotion.”
Dr. Jack Welch is a college football educator and coach. His doctorate is in educational administration and he has been an educator, administrator and football coach, nurturing young minds, for over 40 years. He is also the author of Foundations of Coaching. He can be contacted at email@example.com.