KNOWLEDGE – LEADERSHIP – MINDSET
Skills and knowledge will get a coach so far, but at some point if this is all they develop they will end up stuck in their development of great players and teams. Coaches are leaders, and they are influencers and yet so often these two critical elements are neglected in a coaches training and development.
“Brett’s approach to the problem solving is enlightening and insightful, as it is delivered with simplicity and with a powerful messages reinforcing the need to develop a mindset that embraces fluid growth where meeting challenges is a good thing; belief in the concept that greater effort leads to achieving desired results; and that acceptance of constructive feedback will promote learning and growth.” Paul Vergotis, Rockdale City Suns FC
I believe there are three critical dimensions to coaching at any level of sport; knowledge, leadership and mindset. The knowledge piece is about skills, drills, fitness, structure, formation and tactics. It focuses primarily on the skills development in a player and team. It is very important part of coaching and generally what people look for in a coach. It draws on a coach’s experience, knowledge and learning of the game they are coaching, and focuses on developing a player’s skill and ability level. The other two areas that I believe are underutilized and under prioritized in developing and equipping coaches is leadership and mindset. To be the complete coach, all three are critical.
What we will explore are 6 key core competencies in both leadership and mindset, specifically relating to coaching sports teams.
CONTENT OVERVIEW – Leadership development: covering these 6 core competencies: 1/ Decision making 2/ Communication 3/ Leading Teams 4/ Strengths based teams 5/ Culture creation 6/ Conflict management. Mindset Development: covering these 6 core competencies: 1/ Behaviour awareness 2/ Thinking skills 3/ the Growth Mindset 4/ Empowered beliefs 5/ Mindfulness 6/ Resilience
If a coach struggles to make good decisions, communicate clearly, resolve conflict and build team, he is not leading well, and the long term impacts of this will be evident not only in the results he is getting, but in the culture of the team. If a coach has little awareness around behaviour, thinking skills, mental toughness and language, he is not influencing others in a positive and empowering way. This will ultimately lead to dysfunction in the team, both on and off the court, park or field.
Developing coaches who have a great understanding and application of these three elements of coaching is critical to the ongoing success and significance of sport around the world.
A coach can learn skills, knowledge and tactics from experience and through the many coaching courses available today. When you look through most coaching courses, the curriculum is 99% skills, drills, structure and tactics learning. Very little, if any at all, of the learning focuses on the other two elements of what it takes to be a great coach, leadership and mindset.
Sports MindSHiFT is focused on these two elements.