Coach to Leader series: Permission Leader

Chris De Piero

Chris has spent the past 30+ years in the game of hockey as a player, Head Coach, General Manager, scout, mentor, consultant and most importantly as a parent. He has done so in the NHL, with Hockey Canada, in the OHL and the OHA, as well as European pro hockey. In addition, he has spent 15+ years as a classroom teacher as well as being in leadership positions as an administrator with a private high school in Toronto. All these experiences have allowed Chris to be able to work with, lead, coach, mentor, advise, and consult with various personalities, ultimately gleaning some championship habits along the way. Chris has also co-authored a personal development book titled, THE POWER OF TEAMMATES. Follow @TeammatesTrio on Twitter for more information.

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This level is about knowing that your players are watching you all the time, and they are trying to determine – Do I want to give this coach permission to coach me?
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With the coaches I mentor and advise, I always start with the following question – “Tell me a little about your development plan” – the answer usually informs me as to where they are in their leadership journey, and how serious they are about coaching, because… 

“Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of self-development. As success is something you attract by the person you become.” 

As a recap, here are the 5 LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP that were introduced last month:

This month we will look at LEVEL 2 – PERMISSION – “Leaders find out who their people are, and followers find out who their leaders are.”

This level is about knowing that your players are watching you all the time, and they are trying to determine – Do I want to give this coach permission to coach me . . .

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