USA Basketball’s 5 Steps to Being a Good Leader
- Learn from your mistakes
- Lead by example
- Put others’ needs first
- Have confidence
- Set a high standard
LEADERSHIP & COMMUNICATION
In order for leaders to effectively communicate it is important for leaders to:
- Develop a leadership message
- Deliver the leadership message
- Sustain the leadership message
It is important for each leader to provide direction, support, inspiration and motivation when delivering a message and addressing a group.
Leadership Styles of Communication
- Focus is the task, not the person performing the task
- May ignore the feelings and feedback of others
- Close supervision and rigid communication
- Focus is provision of a supportive, trusting and respectful work environment
- Not closely supervising performance
- Actively listens and solicits opinions, recognizes feelings
The style of leadership communication chosen is based on the overall goal of the leader and what the group as a whole is looking to accomplish.
ETHICS & LEADERSHIP
"Leadership means everything. You need a leader in any sports organization to be successful and organizations who have more than one, like maybe two to four, can be very successful."
"Just trying to be a more vocal leader, lead by example, and give the young guys a good example when they first get on campus of the work ethic they need to have to be successful and help us succeed." -Devonte' Graham, Kansas Jayhawks point guard
"Coach Williams stood out as a leader by his competitive nature. He's tough minded and big on competing to get what you want in life. That being said, it's unacceptable for one of his teams to get outcompeted. As far as the program - leadership means setting a standard for greatness and earning the right to lead through competing." -Justin Coleman, former UNC Tar Heels basketball player
"I think leadership is the foundation of every successful team or organization. The best leaders I've seen and tried to emulate have always taken the low place and put everyone else in front of themselves. Selflessness is huge."
"Coach DeChellis' leadership instilled in all of us the importance of preparation. We were always the most physically and mentally prepared team in every game I played wearing a Navy jersey. He forces his players to grind. He also taught emotional toughness. It was hard to get a kind word out of him because he was constantly pushing us to heights we never thought we could reach. He brings toughness to the program like no coach I've ever played for." -James Hemphill, Navy Midshipmen basketball player
"I wanted to say so much more. Leadership is huge at Navy. I take a class on it every semester."
"Leadership takes on a variety of forms in any organization. There is horizontal leadership and vertical leadership. In most sports organizations, the coach and general manager are the guardians of the culture. They are responsible for setting the standards for the entire organization will strive to live up to. In addition, there is leadership within the team through the players themselves. A coach led team only goes so far. The best teams have great leadership among the players."
"The best leader I played for is Mike Krzyzewski. He was clearly in charge of our culture as a team, but he empowered all of us to use our skills and abilities to the fullest within the team concept. We all had roles, but we were not cemented into those roles, but were encouraged to be stars in our roles. The best leaders as teammates were Tommy Amaker and Johnny Dawkins. Both were amazing players, but thought beyond their own games. We had a group of very accomplished individuals that took great pride in the success of the team."
"Martin Dempsey, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, once said that the best qualities of a great leader are character, competence and humility. I thought that was very well put."
"Coach K is very genuine. Clearly, he is very competent, and an expert in his field. However, there are a lot of experts in his field. Coach K has an amazing ability to get people to buy into doing their very best for one another, instead of just doing the best thing for the individual. He is constantly engaged with his team, and how to make everyone better. His ability to make the complicated seem simple is remarkable." -Jay Bilas, ESPN college basketball analyst and former Duke Blue Devils basketball player