LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM SPORTS What is Leadership? Leadership is defined as the ability to influence a group towards the achievement of a vision or set of goals. The source of this influence may be formal, as happens by organizational hierarchy. However, this does not imply that every manager is a leader or only managers are leaders. The ability to influence and motivate an individual may arise in any non-formal structure as well. Thus, a leader may arise in any field be it politics, social service or sports. A leader possesses both talent and skill. Talent is an innate quality however skill is a proficiency which can be gained through rigorous persistence, training and experience. Leadership is nothing about seniority or one’s rank in a …show more content…
The performance of a leader is evident, more so in competitive games and matches. The leader’s performance can make or break the confidence of all the other team members. A sports leader has a three edged role. He should ensure player satisfaction, perform well himself and steer the group towards success. Sports leaders have position power over all players. However, the role of a sports leader is much more encompassing than being a good judge of a player’s ability. This implies that a leader should treat each player with the respect he/she deserves. Moreover, different leadership techniques apply to different players. As is the case with workers of varying strengths and weaknesses, sports leaders also need to flex their leadership style and practice the teachings of situational leadership. The qualities for a sports leader and by extension all other leaders …show more content…
Laissez Faire Leaders are ones who choose not to intervene and will allow the group to make decisions independently. This style can happen automatically and will result in a loss of group direction if the leader is inadequate. Lewin (1985) found that when subjected to this style of leadership, group members were inclined to be aggressive towards each other and gave up easily when mistakes occur. In this style of leadership, the characteristics adopted by the leader depends fundamentally on how favourable the situation
Being a leader involves many different characteristics. A leader must set the example for all others in the group, because if they are to show up late to practice, there isn’t a reason that any of the other members should not do the same. A leader must take risks for the benefit of the group as well as make sacrifices for it. Becoming the leader of the group requires for them to be the most dedicated. They must work harder and not be afraid to lead the group.
Leadership is the ability of one to organize or lead a group of people. A leader should be respectful, a leader is bound to know what goal is attempted to be reached. My favorite leadership quote is by Chris Hadfield, “Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It 's about keeping yourself and people around you focused on a goal and motivated to do the best to achieve goals in life, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences matter greatly. It is about laying the groundwork for others ' success, and finally standing back and letting them shine.”
Being a part of the National Honor Society would be a privilege. I have been chosen as a candidate due to my academic excellence, but I understand it takes more than just a good GPA. I believe my abilities to be a leader, serve others, and express good character meet the standards set by NHS. The service opportunities that I will have as a part of NHS is what I look forward to the most.
Dabo Swinney: A Transformational Leader Leadership is a very important part of having a successful organization. A strong leader brings a vision, and provides the motivation needed to unite a group bring them to achieve a common goal by aligning the organization to its vision. Good leaders are inspirational and charismatic they lead their organization through the internal and external changes that occur (Gupta, 2009). Dabo Swinney, the head coach of the Clemson Tigers football team is an exemplary example of a strong leader.
There are many qualities that good leaders must possess in order to be able to maintain a group united and working together, whether it is a sports or any academic team or club. For example; football/volleyball, U.I.L/ National Honor Society, or even Spanish/Interact club. Leaders must be willing to pass on a positive influence and know when to take charge. They must begin to be role models to those they associate with on a daily basis.
What is the definition of a ‘leader’? Could it be someone who never wants to see someone fail? Or simply someone who just leads people? There are multiple definitions of ‘leader’ and if there are multiple definitions of leader, that means there would be a large number of leaders in this world, or who have roamed the world in the past. Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Pope Francis and Steve Jobs are all examples of great leaders who have influenced others.
Wherever human beings are accumulated together in large numbers, they need leadership. Even a school needs a principle to mentor and escalate the school’s rank. Armies need generals to lead them to a courageous victory. Civilians need governments, captains of industry and intellectual leaders of thought as well. However, There are characteristics common to most great leaders that can be picked out.
In developing this paper on leadership, I examined what was most important to me as a leader. As I reflected on my leadership philosophy, I thought about my experiences and the principals that I have learned through my own self-discovery and the observation of other leaders that I have had throughout my life. My leadership philosophy paper will focus on what leadership is to me, core values, and knowledge of others. In thinking about my definition of leadership, I thought of what was most important to me in and as a leader.
Individual Reflective Paper Introduction Leadership, a controversial concept, has been studied for centuries. Scholars who study leadership have argued with the insight of leadership for many decades and finally promote a wide range of understandings of it. This course “values and leadership” introduces the basic principles and concepts about leadership, and provides us with some conceptual knowledge and practical approaches to be an outstanding leaders. I chose to take this course because I am interested in the topic about leadership.
Functional leadership theories are about the concept that leaders perform action and are at the centre of the performance. In the current world, great leaders are judged on their actions by the society. Celebrities and sports stars are often portrayed as leaders and they feature in several media and society accepts them due to their extraordinary quality of work. In the past, performance of kings made them great or not so great. The concept is debatable whether is nature or nurture, which one of the two or both plays a role in human behaviour to be a leader.
The Makings of a Legend John C. Maxwell once said, “a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” Some people are natural born leaders and others need a bit of a push to get to where they need to be. Being a leader is a crucial part of (if not the entire purpose of) being a manager and the following traits are necessary in order to be an effective manager. It all begins with commitment!
Introduction Leadership is the art of empowering people around you to achieve a goal. As a leader I want to help others become leaders themselves. I firmly believe that by leading based on my values this will be accomplished. I have had many leadership influences throughout my career. Some of them showed me the way I wanted to someday lead and others showed me exactly how not to.
For more than half a century, leadership has been a topic of considerable in-depth research within an organisational context; it has since moved into the sporting environment. At a high level, leadership can be defined as a behavioural process that influences individuals or a group towards a set of goals, where the effectiveness of the leader will be based on how well the goals are achieved (Barrow, 1977). Consequently, the importance of leadership in both the organisational and sporting domains cannot be understated. Yukl (2008) states that a flexible and adaptive leadership approach can positively influence an organisation 's financial performance. Additionally, transforming organisational culture through appropriate leadership can lead to successful team performance in professional sport (Frontiera, 2010).
“Leaders are not born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work”. This quote by Vince Lombardi reminds me of my childhood days when I used to argue with my sister by saying how much natural talent she had. Without seeing her hard work and dedication behind her success, I estimated her talent as an inborn quality which helped her score satisfying marks on each school exam. When I grew up, I found myself totally wrong about my view toward my sister, which enhances me to support and appreciate the ideas given by Geoffrey Colvin in his article, “What It Takes To Be Great” about how greatness is achieved.