God has blessed us all with many things, both material and immaterial. As we grow older and hopefully wiser, many of us begin to realize that what truly matters most during our short stay here on earth are the relationships that we cultivate while we are here. The loving bonds that we have with our families and the special bonds that we have with our close friends.
As coaches, we develop very special relationships with the athletes that we coach. Relationships that could influence our athletes as much and sometimes more so than any other person in that athletes life. Relationships that are built around trust. So...what can a coach do to manage and cultivate good relationships? Here are a few things taken from the book "The 21 Indispensable Qualities Of A Leader (Becoming The Person Others Will Want To Follow)", By John Maxwell.
1. Have A Leader’s Head – Understand People (how they think and feel)
Below are some common things found in people (coaches and athletes):
a. They like to feel special, so sincerely compliment them
b. They want a better tomorrow, so show them hope
c. They desire direction, so navigate for them
d. They are selfish, so speak to their needs first
e. They get low emotionally, so encourage them
f. They want success, so help them win
2. Have A Leader’s Heart – Have empathy for others and a keen ability to find the best in people, not the worst, by truly caring for others.
3. Extend A Leader’s Hand – Keep other’s interests in mind; focus on what you can put into people rather than what you can get out of them…they’ll love and respect you for doing so.
Remember coaches....Put the person before the player!