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Whether you are starting out or a veteran in sports leadership, the most critical components of leadership are covered in these articles.

Captain and Athlete Leadership Explored

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete AssessmentsBeing a team captain means having an important leadership role in the team. Often, teams have more than the standard captain and vice-captain duo, with a senior group of leaders appointed to steer the team from within. It is no surprise that research into sport teams’ success emphasizes the importance of the role of Team Captain. […]

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Leadership Development and Coaches

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments

At the recent 2009 Evolution of the Athlete Conference in Brisbane Australia, Athlete Assessments conducted a survey of participant coaches from Australia and New Zealand.   This article highlights the results of two important questions within the survey – one on leadership development and one on access to mentors.

The results are alarming: […]

Leadership Research: Why People Follow Leaders

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments
You are a Leader only if others follow
After reading ‘How Full is Your Bucket’ by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton PhD, I read another of Rath’s books titled ‘Strengths Based Leadership’.  An important chapter of this book is all about why people follow leaders.  For so long, leadership research has focused on asking leaders what they do.  But with this focus of research, there is a very obvious point overlooked:  You are a Leader only if others follow you. […]

Student-Athlete Leadership: Leading the Leaders

By Liz Hanson, Client Director at Athlete Assessments
A unique way of developing both life skills and leadership skills in student-athletes
The University of Wisconsin – Madison intertwine two key athlete development programs for multiple benefits. Led by Kelli Richards and Bridget Woodruff, they say the outcomes are exceptional in assisting first year student-athletes transition well into college life while simultaneously developing leadership skills in their older student-athletes. […]

A Coach’s Role is Critical

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete AssessmentsA coach’s role is critical in the context of our society.   What I want to share with you in this article is my philosophy on the role of sport and the significant contribution coaches make.   This is particularly important for your sport and every sport.

My belief, is sport is a medium to teach lessons to our athletes (particularly the young ones). Lessons about life. These lessons learnt in sport can and should be transferred to other areas of our lives so we can all become more effective and meaningful contributors to society. Sport can expand on the quality of the lessons. So the role of the coach is to help their athletes learn these lessons about life. Each coach may teach a slightly different lesson. We do not all have to teach the same lessons, just as long as our athletes are learning. […]

Why Professional Athletes Are Great Leaders

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete AssessmentsProfessional athletes can have a bad reputation, with stories of out of control behavior often seen in the media.  This front-page drama, which the media in all facets of “news” reporting like to focus on, can often overshadow great athletic performances and important good news stories.  As such it is easy to forget the important contribution athletes consistently make to society. […]

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Importance of Communication in Sports

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments
Communication is the Key to Success

The importance of communication in sports cannot be understated. It is said to be the key to success in both the sport and business world. Now yet another study has proven it! European Leaders recent research showed that poor communication is responsible for reduced performance in the business world. The study emphasized why it is so important for senior management to be able to communicate effectively, with 41% of employees believing communication improves productivity and performance. In the sporting world it is no different. Better communication from coaches will result in a positive impact on performance. […]

Jacob Tingle: Leadership is, as Leadership does

By Liz Hanson and Kate Roskvist This brief but incisive quote from Vice Chancellor of the University of Denver, Peg Bradley-Doppes resonates heavily with the modern notion of leadership. It is no longer seen as something you are ‘born with’ but rather a skill that can be developed and grown from experience. It is all about […]

Sport Management Leadership and Coaching

“You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach”
Recently we saw a great article in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network by Monique Valcour, titled “You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach”. We thought it would be useful to discuss how this topic can be adapted for Sports […]

Sports Team Culture Case Study

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, and International Coaching Consultant

This case study was extracted from “Team Culture: Is it making or breaking your team?” available for purchase now on Amazon.

Here in Australia, sport is part of the fabric of our society. Growing up, few achievements are more significant than to be part of a championship high school […]