A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post focusing on why coaches make great pastors.
After some gentle rebuke from an undisclosed source, I realized that this topic really applies to all leaders, not just pastors. I need to realize that the entire world does not live within my context. So, with my apologies for thinking the world revolves around my thoughts and opinions.
“You’ll do it because I’m your boss.” For some reason, this type of statement motivated a previous generation. However, in this post modern world, this kind of statement is a sure-fire way to get a team member to quit. Note that I said team member.
The above statement should be issued ten-fold for anyone whom may be directing young leaders. Heed my warning; DO NOT use the word boss in reference to yourself within a motivation context! If you desire to motivate your team, you need to be a coach, not a boss.
Let’s break that down for a moment.
A coach has to motivate a team of people, who are working super hard for free! Yes, professional athletes receive payment for their work; but in my opinion, that’s why most of them lose their heart for the sport. An athlete earning a pittance of a salary with the hopes of greater things to come, seems to work harder than anyone who has already arrived.
Hence why sometimes minor league sports can have more action in the regular season.
From my experience in serving under some great and some less than great direction, here’s three reasons why coaches make the best leaders.
1. Coaches acknowledge extra effort. Even when the slightest display of hard work or extra effort is given, a coach is excellent at recognizing it and in turn, acknowledging it. Granted hearing “at a boy” from a supervisor, followed by a slap on the rear might feel a little awkward, but you get the idea.
2. Coaches celebrate wins. When a milestone has been hit, a coach doesn’t sit with self-gratification. Jubilant celebration is given over to the team. It’s not about what a great coach he or she is; it’s about how hard the team worked to achieve that win.
3. Coaches rise out of defeat. This is when a coach really shines. When moral is low and everything seems against the team, a coach does not cocoon himself in his office. He gathers the team, looks them straight in the eye, takes ownership of the defeat, then rallies them back to greatness. A coach is able to take all the value and self-worth that has been lost through defeat, and bring it back to the fore-front of his team with a vengeance. The team is empowered and ready to fight another day!
I realize that I may be picking on senior leaders a bit; but this really goes for all of us as leaders. I have tried very hard to implement this perspective and it really works.
To be sure, there are conflicts along the way. However, my team develops great relationships with each other. As we grow and further responsibilities need to be delegated, the captains have already proven themselves ready for the challenge.
Why do you think coaches make great leaders?