How do you define an effective coach?
No matter what sport a person chooses to coach, there are certain things that he or she must do well. These things are essential if a coach is to be successful.
This not only applies in the sports world but is also true in other walks of life.
Organizations such as businesses, churches, and even charities must all have a productive leader or coach. So, here are eleven essentials to effective coaching that a leader in any organization can use.
An Effective Coach:
1) Has A Goal
Proverbs 29:18 says, “where there is no vision the people perish,” or more literally, they run wild and unrestrained.
The effective coach must have a goal in mind and must get the entire team to pursue that goal.
A clear goal keeps the team focused and keeps their energy directed on the task at hand. A coach who has no goal will never lead the team to accomplish anything of significance. A goal must be clear and concise. It must be lofty enough to inspire, yet attainable so that it may be accomplished.
2) Develops A Plan
After the goal has been set, a plan must be laid out.
Before any of the team can be instructed, the coach has to know how the team will go about accomplishing its goal.
An effective coach will lay out a step by step, detailed map of what each team member is to do. The plan should include action steps and a timeline for each step to be accomplished.
If a coach does not plan, a team cannot win.
3) Recruits A Team
The effective coach does not allow anyone and everyone to be a part of the team.
The coach must carefully choose the players that will best fit into the plan and help to accomplish the goal. If at all possible, the team should be recruited after the purpose and plan have been laid out. The coach must know what positions to create and which ones need to be filled.
A detailed job description should be provided by the coach for each position.
4) Positions The Players
Once the team members have been recruited, the coach must put all of the players into the correct position.
A Baseball coach does not want the right fielder on the pitcher’s mound, and a basketball coach does want the seven-foot tall center to dribble the ball down the court. You can have all the right people, but if they are not in the right position, doing the job that they are best suited for, the team cannot be successful.
5) Earns Respect
A coach cannot be effective without the respect of the team.
Remember, respect is never given, it is always earned.
The coach must exhibit all the good qualities that are expected of the team. Hard work, diligence, integrity, honesty, these should be shown by the leader, not just the workers. It is also critical that the coach shows the team the same respect that he or she expects from them.
6) Relays The Strategy
The team must know the game plan.
It is not enough for the coach to know the strategy. He or she must effectively communicate it to each member of the team. This is essential for the team to all be on the same page working together, and not pushing and pulling against each other. Communication is an important key to success. The strategy must be relayed to the team for the team to accomplish its goal.
7) Inspires The Teammates
The effective coach must be able to encourage every member of the team to work hard at the task they have been given.
No matter how good a coach is, he or she cannot accomplish any task alone. The coach must be able to instill a desire in the team members to fall under his or her leadership and work tenaciously at their given task. This is one of the most challenging things for a coach to do, and it usually separates the ordinary from the extraordinary.
8) Offers Support
Once a coach has chosen a person for the team and given them a task to complete, the coach must then provide support to that person.
Coaches must remember that they are dealing with people, and people have good days and bad days. The coach must offer support in both situations.
When players do well, the coach should congratulate them, and when players perform poorly, the coach should support them. A coach should never kick someone when they are down. It is the coach’s job to get them back on their feet and performing to their fullest potential.
9) Lets Them Play
It is not the coach’s job to run out onto the field and play the game.
The coach has to trust the players to go out and do their job. Sometimes they will perform well, and other times they will play poorly, but the coach must show the team that he or she has confidence in them to accomplish the goal that has been set before them.
Once the game starts, the coach has to step back and watch the team play. If the coach has done his job efficiently up to this point, then he can be confident and comfortable letting them do so.
10) Congratulates Their Successes
Great coaches don’t wait until the team wins a championship to celebrate with them.
Great coaches celebrate every victory. An effective coach regularly and consistently congratulates and encourages the players. He does this individually and as a team. Coaches must learn to celebrate the little things. Be an Encourager.
11) Plans For The Future
Effective coaches do not live in the here and now.
They are always looking ahead. Coaches must be able to see changes coming, and be able to adjust accordingly. Nothing ever stays the same, and even a good, successful team must evolve over time. It is best to make a habit of consistent, small changes rather than sporadic, large changes. The team members can always handle the small shifts better than the large ones. Remember, the team that does not evolve, does not survive.
Coaches must plan for the future.
I know that these may all seem very basic and simple, but we must master the basics to be successful. Remember, we all drank milk before we ate steak. Master the basics and you become the master.
(This article was written by Brandon Fairfax. Brandon served on staff in a Baptist church in Lancaster South Carolina.)