Coaching Success

John Eades reveals in a great article the “7 Essential Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From Championship Coaches in 2017”.


Here are a few incredible takeaways from coaches who won championships in 2017:


  1. Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) — “Leadership means building a team that is exhaustively prepared, but being able to adjust in an instant. The only sign we have in the locker room is from the Art of War, ‘every battle is won before it’s faught'” — Key Takeaway: Preparation is critical for success; but, in today’s fast paced world, pivoting will be required and it’s only possible with great teamwork.


  1. Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) — Kerr’s leadership style is one of a true servant leader. After this year’s title he tried to avoid the microphone in order to give his players the chance to be in the spotlight. When he did finally speak, he used all of his time to give praise to his other coaches, players, and team ownership. Kerr knows he is just a spoke in the wheel, and it’s his job to push those around him to levels of which they didn’t even know they were capable. — Key Takeaway: It’s not about the leader, it’s about the team.


  1. Joe Madden (Chicago Cubs) — Madden didn’t shy away from making his expectations known from the beginning of the season. The players used terms like “Embrace the target” (world champions) and “Try not to suck.” — Key takeaway: Don’t shy away from high expectations, embrace them.


  1. Dabo Swinney (Clemson Tigers) — Swinney’s leadership style is one filled with purpose and positivity. In his post game interview right after winning the championship he said, “I told our players, the difference in this game was going to be love (for each other).” — Key Takeaway: Serve your people’s hearts and not their talents.


  1. Mike Sullivan (Pittsburgh Penguins) — “I think when we have focus–short-sighted focus on the task at hand, and we don’t get ahead of ourselves or we don’t dwell on what happen in the past–that’s when you have the best ability to reset that mindset, it always falls back to the leadership of the group.” — Key takeaway: If you are the only leader on your team you have no chance.


  1. Dawn Staley (South Carolina Gamecocks) — Staley lives by two mottos: ‘a disciplined person can do anything’ and ‘dare to do what you don’t want to do to get what you want.’ In a recent article from players tribune she said this about the secret to leadership: “If there were ever a secret to being a great coach, that’s it: the connection.” — Key takeaway: You are nothing as a leader without healthy relationships.


  1. Roy Williams (North Carolina Tarheels) — “Too many coaches lower their program’s standards and take talented players with questionable or poor character.” — Key Takeaway: Character matters and it always will.


This post comprises of excerpts from the original. Read Eades’s full article here…



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