by Cory Dobbs, The Academy for Sport Leadership
COACHING FOR LEADERSHIP: HOW TO DEVELOP A LEADER IN EVERY LOCKER
In Coaching for Leadership, author, professor, and former coach, Cory Dobbs flips the coaching plan on leadership and team building. Rather than relying on “seniority” and “teachable moments,” coaches are invited to deliberately prepare every team member for a vital team building role.
In this guidebook, based on over ten years of practical research with college and high school coaches and student-athletes, Dr. Dobbs—founder of The Academy for Sport Leadership—presents a pioneering approach to coaching, leadership development, team building, and student-development.
Coaching for Leadership shows you why the traditional team captain model is a substandard way of instilling your team with a leadership ethos. Dobbs shows you how to optimize the team building process by infusing leadership and team building into everything you and your players do. Coaching for Leadership is an innovative change program grounded in a peer-based team leadership model which offers you—the coach—a definitive way to raise the bar on team building.
Coaching for Leadership thinking brings to your team a set of operating principles that, by design, are not just effective but provide student-athletes with the best possible learning experience. The leader in every locker approach to coaching taps into capacities we all have but that are regularly ignored or overlooked by more conventional methods of leadership development. It is not only relationally-centered; it is deeply transformational. Dobbs’ work on human behavior is insightful.
Want Results? This guidebook is full of interactive exercises, self-assessments, and other practical tools.
This action-focused guidebook explores the pioneering ideas of:
- The key attributes of agile team leadership
- The 8 Roles of Teamwork
- The Four Minds of a Coach
- Adaptive leadership
- Individual and team learning
- Creating the five conditions necessary for a high-performing team
- Deep change model
Winning programs are beginning to see the dynamic value of teaching leadership in a team environment. It does require an investment of time and energy, but the dividends are spectacular! Dobbs calls for a reconfigured understanding and practice of team leadership. Coaching for Leadership challenges you to teach and practice leadership in a more holistic, effective, and profound form. Leadership isn’t just about sports. It’s about life!
What Others Are Saying
Cory Dobbs goes above and beyond making the case for team leadership and why it is a valuable leadership style. We are coaching in a changing world and our student-athletes are different. I am a big believer that it is our charge to teach leadership, more than ever before and sports can be by far, the best classroom. Cory’s book gets you started. -Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard University