Sports have played a huge part in my life. They have taught me many valuable life lessons.
As a dad entrepreneur and a coach for my kids’ Little League teams, I have seen these lessons also be applied to the business world. The experience of coaching kids has given me multiple insights that have helped me succeed in my business ventures.
I narrowed down most of the lessons I’ve learned to my top 3.
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As a coach, one of my main responsibilities was to communicate with my team. If you’ve ever coached Little League, you know that communicating effectively with kids is not easy. But if you want them to have your vision of winning, it has to be accomplished.
Some of the questions I tend to ask myself when speaking with my team are:
- Does each player know what their role is?
- Does the team know what the strategy is for the current game and the opposing team?
- Do they all have the correct gear on?
- Do they know how to stay safe but also competitive?
You would be surprised how often a few players may not have the correct gear right before a game. Communicating with parents is just as important as communicating with the kids in many cases.
In business, you also need to communicate your vision effectively to your team.
Communicating and setting expectations ensures that everyone is going in the same direction. When you’re speaking with your team, take the time to listen to feedback, ask questions, and share your expectations with them.
All of this can help everyone know what their role is in achieving the goals of your business.
Passion Impacts Performance
Little League is a great reminder of how passion impacts performance.
While coaching, I noticed that the kids who were passionate about the game were always the ones who performed well. Being overly competitive tends to be looked down on in our society. But I encourage it with my kids.
Think about pro athletes like Terrell Owens, Dennis Rodman, and Alex Rodriguez. All great players in their sports. They also had massive egos which played a big role in their overall fame and performance. I want my kids to play well and have the confidence that inspires and motivates their teammates.
The same goes for business.
If you’re passionate about what you do, your team will be inspired to put in the same effort. You’ll be a better leader when you have a passion for what you’re doing. Passion in business helps you accomplish the following:
- Overcome challenges with enthusiasm
- Maintain the drive to keep going
- Inspire those around you
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis
Finding Your Leadership Style to Lead Effectively
There isn’t one leadership style that works for everyone. You have to find a style that works well for you and your team.
In Little League, I learned that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Every player has their own unique attributes, and as a coach, it’s my responsibility to understand how they learn and adapt to teach them effectively.
Take the time to really know your team. Understand their strengths and weaknesses, develop a leadership style that fits them, and lead by example. Your leadership style sets the tone for the team and can impact their performance.
Does this apply to business?
We’ve all had bosses and leaders who don’t take the time to lead effectively and instead bark orders and micromanage.
These kinds of leaders are the equivalent of the coach who just yells, “Score more points!!!” without offering any real advice on how we can level up and help the team win as a whole.
Everyone has a job to do.
That includes you.
What are you doing to ensure your team (whether it’s a Little League or business) knows how to effectively carry out their unique job so everyone can achieve success?