The image we present as a leader really does matter

Is perception reality? Maybe. The interesting thing is that I got the idea to write this article from an excerpt (the original article from requires a substantial time commitment) about leadership qualities presidents should exhibit…not have, . While I don’t mean to suggest that a coach’s job is the same as that of the president’s, all leaders should think about how they are perceived.

5 ways to be a trustworthy leader

Confident, but not arrogant. Our coaching philosophy and the direction we give to our team must be clear. They have to know that we believe they can do it. But, we must not be the coach who takes credit when the team wins and then blames them for the losses.

Being open-minded and not being a snob is a good trait. A great leader is confident enough to listen to the feedback of assistant coaches and team leaders. While it is important to listen to others, it’s also important to understand what we stand for. We don’t want an assistant to suggest something that we love and then our second assistant suggests the exact opposite. We are happy to agree with them both!

Visionary, yet practical. Jason Hare Kingston believe it is great to be innovative, forward-thinking and creative. Sometimes, it feels like coaches sometimes do things the old way. While thinking outside the box can be great, we have to ensure that we are practical in doing what is best for the team.

Personally, I’m not rigid but disciplined. I am a planner at heart. I always have an alternate plan in place for any problems with my plan. I believe that our teams need to understand that we have a gameplan for the season and every opponent. But they also need to realize that we won’t be stubborn if we stick to a plan which is clearly not working.

Prepared for crisis, but not a constant source of worry. Crises can occur at any point in a player’s playing career. You might see a player get hurt in the middle of a season. It doesn’t matter what, we need to make sure they know where to find answers. We need to remember that we are not the answer all. This will help us avoid becoming worry-warts. You can’t have both constant worrying and confidence within one person. We need to make sure that our team members are confident leaders.