Wednesday, April 26, 2017
First Installment Coaching Philosophy
Philosophy: as Seen in Sports
When it comes to sports different coaches employ different strategies and philosophies when it comes to leading their teams to wins and championships. Whether it be in basketball, football, or other sports the goal should be the same and that is to win a championship. One of the hardest tasks is trying to incorporate a group of people with different aspirations and attitudes into one cohesive unit that has the ability to be a great team. Molding and leading individuals is one the hardest tasks for a person to have. Phil Jackson, former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was tasked with trying to get strong minded strong minded individuals such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’neal to buy into his system of the triangle offense and also trust their teammates by not only relying on their individual greatness to win.
Phil Jackson preferred a more laid back approach to leadership. In his book Eleven Rings he stated, “As a leader your job is to do everything in your power to create the perfect conditions for success by benching your ego and inspiring your team to play the game the right way. But at some point, you need to let go and turn yourself over to the basketball gods. The soul of success is surrendering to what is.” Steve Kerr, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors and former player under Phil Jackson, uses a similar strategy by allowing his players to play freely and be themselves on the court, which is one of the key reasons that they have become one of the best teams of all time. His free flowing offense allows his players to not be bound by stiff and rigid plays that leave few options, and instead chooses to let his players make decisions based on how they see things happening on the court. Also his laid back style of leadership allows a fun atmosphere to be around and have caused his team to gravitate around him be successful.
Coaches who allow their players to play freely usually have the most success. A “team first” philosophy is essential when managing a team and getting everyone to trust one another and not allow outside forces to become a distraction are usually the best teams. Creating a winning atmosphere is based on basic principles such as having no egos, recognizing a common goal, and pulling together through adversity. Although, there are many different philosophies when it comes to coaching or leading, in my experience the best results come when a team is allowed to make mistakes and play in loose atmosphere that is also fun.