Passion | coach | leadership
Is passion important for a coach to show real leadership?
If we were to take a look into the past of all the triumphs and failures be it sport, business or even war, the one thing that they all have in common was passion or lack there of.
Tom Landry, arguably one of the greatest coaches in American football may not have been the greatest strategist, but every single player on his team believed in him and what he was to achieve.
It was Mr. Landry’s passion for the game and the passion he had for his players that inspired his players to achieve on a higher level.
Lee Iacocca, another great leader, this time in the business arena. Lee had a vision of what he wanted to achieve and was incredibly passionate about it. He knew that he could create something special and because he was so passionate about it he had millions of people believing in him and spending their hard earned money on stocks and then purchasing the vehicles he promised to deliver.
That is not to say the Lee Iacocca was not a brilliant business man, but without the passion that he had and instilled in others he would have been just another wasted education. The leadership shown by these people was not about directing and prompting others to see what they saw. It was about inspiring them to follow the passion they had and also to discover their own.
History is full of stories about passionate leaders. People who have made a significant mark on our world.
Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Michael Angelo and the list could go on and on. They all came from different walks of life and were interested in a variety of things, however the one common element you will find as you read their stories is passion. It is only with passion for their field that they could achieve what they did.
When someone is passionate about something, and I mean truly passionate, there is very little that can stop them. We touched upon two very passionate leaders in two very separate avenues, but there passion was contagious. People couldn’t help but to believe in them and their cause.
As a coach it is our job to instill passion into our players regardless if we are playing in a championship game or just going to practice in the middle of the season.
But, how do we do that?
How do we instill passion into our players? The answer to that is quite simple, but not very easy. We must have passion ourselves.
Now, I don’t want you to mistake that all we need is passion because you do have to have knowledge of your sport and to be able to deliver that knowledge to your players.
It is a great deal easier to impart that knowledge if you are passionate about what you are delivering. The players will see and feel that passion and it will rub off on them and make them believe there is a purpose to the drill and believe they are doing it for the greater good.
It is an incredible feeling as a coach to have your players come to practice enthused about being there and excited because they know it is going to lead them to victory.
You may be asking the question, how do I stay passionate about coaching day after day, year after year? The only response I have to those questions is, “QUIT!” If you have to find a reason to stay passionate about helping others become better, then you shouldn’t be doing it.
Remember back to the day when you started playing your sport, you did it and continued to do it because you loved to do it.
There was no pay check, no reason other than your passion to play the game that kept you coming back for more. If you don’t still have that regardless if you are getting a pay check or not, then you really should find something better to do with you time.
However, if you don’t ask yourself that question then keep giving your passion to others. Every one you encounter will thank you and be better off for having met you and been inspired for what you have to offer.
This will allow them to discover their own passions.