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Brian Kelly - 7 Steps to Leadership

Brian Kelly - 7 Steps to Leadership



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Brian Kelly- New Age Leadership
(February 2009 from OHSFCA Clinic)
7 Steps of Leadership:
1. Character
You better walk the walk when you are a coach
Coaches need high character because: players need someone to follow when things get tough
A person of high character models the right decisions and eliminates uncertainty
Demand good character from the youngest to the older in your program
2. Create Collaborative Cohesion
Everyone on staff has input and give your players the opportunity to express input on the program
Coaches must have a plan to create a buy-in of the vision by players and coaches
During teaching moments (practice, film meetings, position group meetings, staff meetings, etc.),Seek to stimulate, create, and excite those individuals
When every player and coach understands and more importantly takes pride their role in the program, success will follow
 No talk in front of players on who’s starting next season
Head Coaches must remember that everyone is seeking self validation for their work.
3. Morale
Ask yourself, what are you selling (body language, verbal and non verbal communication)?
Unexpected and appreciated changes can boost morale (short practice, t-shirts, food, cards, phonecalls/text messages saying good job today
Understand and promote that you must be able to delegate to others to get things done
4. Know What You’re Good At
All leaders have similar goals but may reach them based on their own personal strengths
Know what your staff’s strengths are and then delegate to them (i.e. Assistant Coach Smith isvery technology smart and you trust him to handle video responsibilities for the team)
5. Have A Change-Ready Mentality
Good football teams have the ability to adapt to sudden change
Good head coaches are willing to change the way things are done (no more “but that’s how wealways did it”)
6. The Head Coach
Leaders are no longer commanders, but maestros and visionaries
Head coaches are the person who puts all the pieces together to create a team
Coach up your staffs (in private) to improve the overall coaching ability of your staff 
7. Creative Thinker
A head coach must be willing to challenge the status quo
Whether you are a head coach or coordinator, you should not be afraid of being innovative
Creativity separates great coaches from good coaches

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