#35 Leadership

Leadership. A topic I am immensely passionate about and a quality I strive to demonstrate in all of my work.

The concept of leadership has changed drastically in recent years. As a society, we seem to recognise now that orders and dictatorship is no match for cultivating an environment which encourages people to be independent and work together.

Leadership is many things, and I’m sure means different things to different people.

Here’s my take on it:

Leadership is supporting, mentoring and guiding all individuals within your team or workplace.

Leadership is encouraging people to speak their mind, and listening with open ears.

Leadership is creating an environment where people are encouraged to be themselves.

Leadership is recognising that everybody has qualities, and profiting from them.

Leadership is allowing those around you to share the credit.

Leadership is cultivating a ‘we’ not ‘me’ mentality.

Leadership is creating opportunities for others.

Leadership is encouraging independence, not inter-dependance.

Leadership is letting go of control.

Leadership is developing people.

Leadership is letting your bias go.

Leadership is knowing when you don’t know something, and inviting help from those that do.

Leadership is getting stuck in, doing the donkey work with everybody else.

Leadership is setting an example.

Leadership is being accountable for everything that happens.

Leadership is being consistent.

Leadership is personal.

Leadership is when you surround yourself with people smarter than you, letting them do what they do best.

Leadership is growing more leaders.

Leadership happens at all levels. It’s not just the job of the CEO, the Head Coach or the Coaching Director. Leadership can and should be demonstrated at every single level of the club, including the athletes.

If you’re looking to improve the culture of your gym, start with encouraging the above qualities, and recognising when they are being demonstrated.

It goes a long way.

What qualities do you recognise in great leaders?

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By | 2018-03-23T08:38:49+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

About the Author:

Nick Ruddock
Nick Ruddock contributed to historic medal winning performances on the international stage throughout his four-year term with British Gymnastics as National Coach, representing Great Britain and Team GB on numerous occasions throughout his national coaching role, culminating with the 2014 Junior European Championships, where the British girls captured a historic six-medal haul including a record Team Silver ahead of European superpower Romania. Nick, a former personal coach to Amy Tinkler; European, World and Olympic Medallist, has been mentored by some of the world’s most experienced and accomplished coaches throughout several influential countries. Nick has lectured as a Technical Expert for the UEG (Union of European Gymnastics) for 7 years, and consults for over 15 international gymnastics federations and a variety of performance sports, with a mission of optimizing athlete and coach performance for the world stage. For more information on Nick’s services, including online courses, conferences, events and coaching programmes, visit www.nickruddock.com