Leadership

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So What is Leadership This article is also posted  on The Coaches Toolbox, a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports Answering the question “What is leadership?” begins by grounding it in these 7 core assumptions By Dr. Cory Dobbs The Academy for Sport Leadership Excerpt from A Leader in Every Locker (2016) “I’m not used to supposing. I’m just a working man. My ...

Turning the Ship Around This article can be found at The Coaches Toolbox, a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports. By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D. A maxim of team building is that the biggest wins start small.  This too is true of the biggest losses.  Recently, I was called in by a successful coach to help him save his ...

How to Turn a Negative Culture Around This post was provided by Coach Dawn Writes By Dawn Redd-Kelly, Head Volleyball Coach at Beloit College If you’re not happy with the culture of your team, how are you working daily to change it around?  As was said over at Leadership Freak, “Toxic environments are the result of neglecting culture-building and tolerating toxicity.” When we find ourselves with a ...

The Art of Leadership This article is also found on the Coaches Toolbox, a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports. The success of any institution, organization, group, or team, is grounded in the effective application of leadership. By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D. Founder, The Academy for Sport Leadership Lessons from the Art Studio “Students who are truly student-athletes have a chance for a life-transforming, ...

5 Ways to be a Better Leader This post was provided by InnerDrive, a mental skills training company How do we become better leaders? An effective leader is someone who can create an inspiring vision, motivate and inspire their team, manage the delivery of that shared purpose and then coach and improve that team in order to achieve that end goal. So what ...

3 Questions that Turn Losing into Learning What to do after a tough loss? Ask these three simple questions after a tough loss and/or a disappointing performance What went well?What needs work? What did we learn? By John  O’Sullivan, Founder of Changing the Game Project,   a site that is your one stop shopping for  the latest and greatest information, research, and best practices regarding high performance, ...

Eliminate the Negative In order to be successful coaches must do more than accentuate the positive. The must eliminate the negative. Here are some tips This article and other helpful coaching tools can be found at Coach Dawn Writes By Dawn Redd-Kelly, Head Volleyball Coach at Beloit College. Being a great head coach means success in competition. I don’t know that we ...

Norming the Team Dr. Cory Dobbs, The Academy for Sport Leadership “It’s not enough to know how to lead; you need to know how to build leaders too.” On a scale from one to ten, how important is having a positive culture to your team’s ability to reach its potential? When I ask coaches this question, most of them answer ...

Unlock Your Coaching Potential by Dr. Cory Dobbs, President, The Academy for Sport Leadership a national leader in providing leadership resources for coaches and student-athletes. The most recent resources include Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Intelligence: a workbook for the student-athlete along with a facilitator’s guide for the coach. Excerpt from “Coaching for Leadership” Are you a talented coach on the rise? Do you want to ...

Building a Culture that Values People   This article was written and submitted by J.P. Nerbun of Thrive On Challenge Sports Forget about setting uncontrollable mid-level goals this season. Make these six commitments and build a transformational culture in your program that values people. Commitment 1: Be authentic and vulnerable with your team. Start the process to become a transformational coach AND open up with your team about ...

Why Student-Athletes Don’t Lead Why is it that student-athletes fear leadership roles and responsibilities?How then can you change the outcome of inaction? Practice, practice, practice.  Just as you practice your offensive and defensive systems, you must practice your leadership system.   Dr. Cory Dobbs, The Academy for Sport Leadership One of the deepest needs within people is belonging.  If you’re a coach you ...

Developing Leadership Capacity in Athletes Many student-athletes are reluctant to take actions or to speak up or speak out for fear that their actions may be held against them by teammates. To neutralize such fears it’s in your best interest to create a psychologically safe environment. By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D., The Academy for Sport Leadership It didn’t dawn on me that there might ...

8 Principles to Infuse Your Team with Passion This article may also be found at the Coaches Toolbox, a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports. by Dr. Cory Dobbs, The Academy for Sport Leadership To help lift your team’s performance look for ways to infuse your team with passion. Help teammates believe in themselves. Build their confidence and self-esteem. Check out these 8 Principles to ...

Team Leadership Model The Team Leadership model creates an environment in which members are accountable not just to the coach, but to the team as a whole. If you are willing to give up some control, and believe that all team members can inspire each other, your team will reap the benefits This article can also be found on ...

12 Simple Yet Significant Daily To Do’s for Leaders Help your emerging and existing leaders recognize, value, and act on the many tiny opportunities to lead every day.  Take a look at this simple 12-point checklist created by Jeff Janseen. By Jeff Janssen, founder and president of the Janssen Sports Leadership Center Jeff directs cutting-edge Leadership Academies for high school and college coaches and all across ...

Change your Coaching Staff Dynamic This article is also found on Coaches Toolbox, a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports. Do you want more team unity and trust? Start by eliminating distrust and create cohesion in your coaching staff.  Unified teams have unified staffs. How can you build trust among members of your staff? By Stephanie Zonars. You can ...

Dealing with Slumping Athletes This article was provided by Coaches Network How do you deal with an athlete that is slumping? Far too often when high-performing athletes begin to lag in their success rates, speed, or concentration in games or practice, coaches just don’t know how to handle it. First they think it’s just a temporary hiccup and that the athlete will ...

When Will What We Know, Change What We Do By John O’Sullivan, founder of Change the Game Project “My daughter and I had to miss her grandfather’s funeral when she was 12 for a cheerleading competition.” I had to read that twice to be sure what I was reading. This was an actual comment we received recently on Facebook. We receive a lot of heartbreaking stories ...

Character Building and Leadership Teams need leadership and guidance. Players want and need leadership from their coach. Here are 10 thoughts regarding leadership and character building for you to consider when leading your teams.  This article was provided by Coaches Network Bruce Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching have posted the following thoughts and advice for coaches in providing leadership ...

A Different Voice Coaches can have a very positive or a very negative effect on their athletes. This article deals with a coach’s use of verbal aggression and its effects on athletes. Submitted by by Cory Dobbs, Ed.D., The Academy for Sport Leadership As a coach I always considered it a privilege to participate in the growth and development of student-athletes.  ...

Managing Your Team: MBWA This article and other helpful coaching tools can be found at Coach Dawn Writes By Dawn Redd-Kelly, Head Volleyball Coach at Beloit College. I used to call this a “stop and chat”, but apparently there’s an actual name for this management technique called Management By Walking Around, or MBWA. What is it exactly? Stop and talk to players face to ...

A Leader in Every Locker The article can also be found on the  Coaches Toolbox, a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports. By Dr. Cory Dobbs The Academy for Sport Leadership Excerpt from A Leader in Every Locker (2016) “I’m not used to supposing. I’m just a working man. My boss does the supposing . . .” This quote is a line from the ...

Being a Leadership Educator for all Athletes This article was provided by Coaches Toolbox, a collection of resources for coaches in all sports An Interview with Dr. Cory Dobbs, President of The Academy for Sport Leadership Q:  Why do you find it necessary to add the role of Leadership Educator to the practice of coaching?  Aren’t coaches already modeling leadership for their student-athletes? A:  Let me explain ...

Championship Values: Leadership Tool   This article can also be found at The Coaches Toolbox, a collection of free resources for coaches of all sports By Cory Dobbs, Ed.D. Founder, The Academy for Sport Leadership Values are among the most stable and enduring characteristics of people. They are the foundation on which attitudes and personal preferences are formed. Our core values are crucial in making ...

Leadership Strategy For Your Team This article and other helpful coaching tools can be found at Coach Dawn Writes By Dawn Redd-Kelly, Head Volleyball Coach at Beloit College. One of the coaches I work with always says that we’re the CEO’s of our sport…we’re running the show.  So when I ran across this article (Why Every Company Needs a Leadership Strategy), it ...

Does Your Team Have Grit? This article can be found at the Coaches Toolbox, a great resource for coaches of all sports Living with a 99% Effort I got this list from entrepreneur and business author Harvey Mackay’s book “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty.” (If you click on the name of the book, you can see a portion of the book ...

Know Your Coaching Personality   This article and other helpful coaching tools can be found at Coach Dawn Writes By Dawn Redd-Kelly, Head Volleyball Coach at Beloit College. I think personality assessment should be a must for every team. Why? Because I think the cause of most conflict is expecting others to act like you do. I’d written before about the DiSC ...

Two-Way Communication Creates Winning Culture This article was provided by Coaches Network Nearly every athletics program—whether it a college or high school program—hopes to create a lasting culture of winning and success. Regardless of the size of the school or the level of competition, coaches are searching for ways to foster sustainable growth on their teams. Most coaches look to assert their own ...

Managing Assistant Coaches   This article and other helpful coaching tools can be found at Coach Dawn Writes By Dawn Redd-Kelly, Head Volleyball Coach at Beloit College. Sam Shweisky, the head men’s volleyball coach at Princeton University, is in a unique position.  He’s the head coach for the men and the assistant coach for the women’s program.  I wondered if that ...

Selecting Captains This article and other helpful coaching tools can be found at Coach Dawn Writes By Dawn Redd-Kelly, Head Volleyball Coach at Beloit College. I’ve done it all when it comes to team captains. The team picks. The coaches pick. A combination of both of those. I’ve even gone without captains. I believe in team leadership and the ...