August 23, 2002, Newsletter Issue #72: SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Tip of the Week

This concept of "Servant-Leadership" (Servant-Coaching) might be more prevalent than you`d think. First, Servant-leaders have a deep belief in the unlimited potential of each person player. Robert Greenleaf points out that the Servant-Leader is servant first…wanting to bring value by lifting up others and doing what supports the greater good for all. I think that most good coaches desire that. This is sharply different from those who see themselves as a leader first. Those coaches are usually motivated by the need for power, wins, prestige and/or material rewards.
Common characteristics of the "SERVANT-COACH" are:
1. Listening: Seeking to identify the needs of the TEAM and to work on those in practice. Listening needs to be coupled with reflection.
2. Empathy: Players need to be recognized and accepted for their special gifts and talents.
3. Awareness: Especially self-awareness. Coaches need to have develop their own inner serenity. (Robert Greenleaf)
4. Persuasion: Seeking to convince the team rather than coerce compliance; SERVANT-COACHES are effective at building consensus within THE TEAM.
5. Conceptualization: "SERVANT-COACHES dream great dreams"; seeking balance between visioning (thinking outside the boxes) and a day to day focused approach.
6. Foresight: SERVANT-COACHES understand the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision for the future. They use these to develop their game plans on a weekly basis.
7. Stewardship: "Holding something in trust for another"; a commitment to serving the needs of others. The TEAM is everyones TEAM, past, present and future.
8. Commitment to the Growth of Players: Recognizing that players have value beyond basketball.
19. Building a program: This may be one of the main things a SERVANT-COACHES does.
SERVANT-COACHING holds that the primary purpose of a team should be to create a positive impact on its players and community, rather than using winning games as the sole motivation.
Greenleaf often asked his executive boards:
Whom do you serve? For what purpose?
I`d ask:
Are you that kind of a coach? Strive to be!
Do you play for that kind of a coach? Thank him!

About LifeTips

Now one of the top on-line publishers in the world, LifeTips offers tips to millions of monthly visitors. Our mission mission is to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. Expert writers earn dough for what they know. And exclusive sponsors in each niche topic help us make-it-all happen.

Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Basketball Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!

Guru Spotlight
Ray Lokar