“A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on x’s and o’s, as compared to time spent learning about people.” – Mike Krzyzewski
Coach K is stepping down as leader and head Basketball Coach at Duke University, after 42 years at the helm, once this season is over for his team.
In a previous post, I mentioned that it was his assertion that he is not a basketball coach, but a leader who coaches basketball, which has always struck me and is the reason for this series that I am writing and you’re reading.
His wisdom now tells us that our responsibility, as coaches, and as leaders, is to the PEOPLE we are in charge of. To fully understand them, and work with them, to develop them not only as players, but as people.
The timing of his retirement falls in line with this month as we are delving into the people portion of leadership/coaching.
As a recap, here are the 5 LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP we’ve introduced:
- Coach to Leader Series: An Introduction
- Level 1 – Position (Rights) – people follow because they have to
- Level 2 – Permission – (Relationships) – people follow because they want to
- Level 3 – Production – (Results) – people follow because of what you have done for the organization/club
- Level 4 – People Development – (Reproduction) – people follow because of what you have done for them
- Level 5 – Pinnacle – (Respect) – people follow because of who you are and what you represent
LEVEL 4 – PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT – “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”
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