Leadership on the field conjures up all sorts of expectations—with the main one
being ‘success’. When a sporting team loses a game, you may hear coaches say: ‘we
didn’t have the mental ability to win’, ‘there was no team unity and nobody
stood up to lead’, or ‘there just seemed to be a lack of leadership
accountability’. When the coach is then asked to explain their comments about
leadership, the answers tend to address only the technical aspects of the sport.
leadership intelligence is still in its infancy, and while leadership behaviour
is well advanced in business in the private and public arenas, more work is
required to develop
correlation between leadership behaviour on and off the field and improved
Sports Leadership: Winning with your Mind combines the practical knowledge of leadership, sports leadership
and personal development that author Ern Prentice possesses with the
understanding of human behaviour that leadership psychologist Ryk Bliszczyk has
attained to create a unique work that progresses the understanding of the
emerging discipline of sports leadership.
covered include: peer leadership, behaviour change in sport, muscle memory,
functions of the brain, cognitive therapy, emotional engagement, leadership
behaviour codes, and leadership affirmation programs.
book also includes six leadership stories of Australian sports leaders, and
suggested additional reading for emerging young leaders.