In any team sport, every athlete wants to be part of a cohesive and responsible team. A coach in such a team should maintain a friendly atmosphere, take care of its development and defend the interests of each team member.
As in any job, the coach becomes the “boss” or “leader” for his athletes. And between these concepts there is a big difference. This difference shows how effectively your team will develop:
Boss is a concept that immediately causes a negative reaction. An image of a powerful person with a high position, who can do and say whatever he wants, is immediately represented in our head. In this case, he will have absolute power over you, regardless of whether you like it or not. For such a person it’s normal only to give orders and demand complete submission.
Leader, on the contrary, has a more positive context. For us, such a person is a good example to follow and I want to respect him. Although leader not only manages the process of training and all teammates, but also realizes itself as part of this team. The leader is a person who “doesn’t order”, but “advises” subordinates what they should do.
So, who are you, a leader or a simple boss? Learn the differences between these forms of management and answer this question for yourself.
Who is important for boss and leader
- The boss thinks only about maintaining his authority and requires his wards to show respect and submission. And here the main way to maintain its authority is fear;
- It’s important for the leader that each team member can show his / her strengths, therefore he helps each athlete to reach their potential. He is always ready to help in the fight against human weaknesses.
Approaches to team development
- The boss controls his athletes, but in a bad sense of the term. He only looks for mistakes and criticizes every teammate’s failure. If the results of the team don’t satisfy the boss, then he begins to threaten, thinking that this is how he stimulates the athletes;
- The leader supports team members in difficult times and always encourages success. To improve the results of each athlete, he’s looking for new training techniques or motivators for his players.
Whose opinion is important to the boss and leader?
- The boss can listen to the opinion of a team member, but for him only his opinion is true. The boss insists that the athletes must be silent and do only what he says;
- A leader knows that his athletes can always offer a successful and interesting idea that will help improve teamwork or the effectiveness of training. Therefore, the leader encourages the expression of opinion from members of his team. Another leader accepts dissatisfied reviews from his people and is looking for ways to solve these problems.
Assessment of opportunities
- Boss uses the army style of speech: “My orders are not discussed! Quickly execute!” If the team did something wrong, it gets humiliated and insulted;
- The leader assesses the capabilities and resources of the team. He won’t force an athlete to do something that isn’t part of his capabilities. The leader understands that any person has a limit and his path to perfection can be very long.
knowledge is power
- The boss insists on strict subordination and is always sure that he knows absolutely everything in his field. No one can doubt his methods and decisions. No one dares to tell him that there are new training techniques that can make team training more effective;
- The leader knows a good rule: “Smart and capable people always learn!” He’s always ready to listen to the opinion or idea of his athlete, constantly improving and improving the work of the team.
If now you want to be a real leader, not a simple boss, but aren’t sure who you are, then just look at your team. If they like to do under your leadership, then rest assured, it will be immediately noticeable in their views and mood. There’s always room to grow. Improve not only your team, but also yourself.