A list that appears exhaustive, daunting and overwhelming. Finding the path where the leadership qualities of intuition and clear thinking can emerge takes us to the How.
PLANNING, SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
How do we actually put in place the planning, support and resources to help a captain?
The How, being able to arrive at the position as to how these outcomes are delivered, setting the environment up for success, is the next step.
As a starting point, please search for Simon Sinek. It is strongly recommended that twenty minutes is invested for either viewing or listening to the presentation “How great leaders inspire action” which is a framework that has been embraced by successful leaders in sport and business with consistent results over considerable time.
During the Level 3, High Performance Coaching course with Cricket Australia, Sinek was given as a regular reference when working through problem solving tasks.
From this point, we can then move into some practical exercises to develop better levels of belief and trust with the captain, coach and leaders from identifying and establishing the values, guiding principles and leadership standards which are accepted and meaningful. The objectives of the exercise being able to establish a reference framework that:
- Keeps a sense of order
- Ensures clarity
- Reduces unnecessary conflict
- Allows a forward focus
- Releases empowerment
Good practice and governance within a club environment would already include documented and communicated information for Code of Conduct, Member Guidelines, Strategic Plan, Values, History and Selection Policy.
Helping these come to life to become habits and behaviors is where the education exercises in How to Help a Captain” is able to allow leadership and confidence to flourish. These can be divided into three activity blocks.
- Diagnostic Analysis
- Preparation in collecting feedback to share
- Information Gathering
- Review feedback to agree on values and standards
The first activity block is a Diagnostic Analysis for the club and then then the leaders involved by information gathering tasks. The purpose here to explore and verify a common ground from personal and individual reflection. These questions can be simply set up as a Google Form to collect the responses to then share with the group. The first task:
- Why have we come together at the club?
- What is it that we want to achieve?
The second activity block is Information Gathering that is more to focus upon collecting useful feedback for the captain directly that will help produce meaningful guidance and support.
- List three (3) strengths or good points
- List three (3) areas to improve
This knowledge is recommended to be collected, collated and distributed with the group before initially coming together, allowing time for due reflection and checking anything further that may emerge.