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Roles, Qualities and Characteristics of Sports Leaders
In this assessment I am going to discuss the roles, qualities, and characteristics that make a good sports Leader. First I’m going to talk about four roles; Motivator, Friend, Role Model, and Manager. Motivator - Maintain the motivation of all the athletes the whole year round. A leader will have to be able to motivate their athlete(s), if a team is not motivated they will not push themselves to be the best or win. Motivation is used to help someone improve, a player will get better the more someone takes an interest in them. Friend - Over the years of working with an athlete a personal relationship is built up where as well as giving coaching advice you also become someone, a friend who they can talk to about their problems or share their success with. It is important to keep personal information confidential because if you do not then all respect the athlete had for you as a friend and coach will be lost. An athlete will get used to working with a leader and start to enjoy training for them, when a friendship is made an athlete will try to win for themselves and their coach. A player will start to enjoy going to training because they will see not just their coach, but their friend as well. Role Model - A person who is looked up to as a model in a particular behavioural or social way for another person to copy. The way you conduct yourself whilst in the company of your athletes provides an example of how they should act. Someone will pick a role model that is doing or has done very well in their career, or if the person is very good at the sport they do or train. So if a player is getting coached by their role model, they will try harder to impress them and be more like them. Manager - a person who has control or direction of a player or a team. If a coach is not very good at controlling their athlete or team, then he’s not a very good manger. A good manager is someone that can have a laugh with their team, but be strict with them as well to make sure they are improving at a high rate. A manger should keep a player going in the right direction aiming to be the best. Now I’m going to discuss four qualities and four characteristics of two well-known sport leaders; José Mourinho and John Terry, I will talk about José Mourinho’s qualities first.

Communication – José Mourinho is able to communicate with a player, so they fully understand what they have been told. Feedback is communicating with a player, an athlete will only be able to improve if the feedback they receive is clear and understandable, and a good leader should be very good at this. The main ways a leader can communicate are: * Verbal

* non-verbal
* listening
* demonstration
* assisting
José is very good at all of these.
Observant and discerning – A good manager is quick to notice things, they should be alert at all times to pick out things there athlete is to do better or is doing well to congratulate them on. José shows a fantastic understanding for football and is very good at picking out good players, and judging whether they are good enough for his team. Trustworthy – A trustworthy person is someone that is reliable, somebody that you could tell something to with full confidence. A manager should be trustworthy, if an athlete can trust a leader than their friendship will be stronger. Mourinho is a very well-liked person, and he gains the trust of all his players. Gives feedback effectively – Without clear feedback an athlete will not be able to improve because the manager did explain in detail. The leader needs to be very specific and descriptive, and will need to focus on behaviours. Mourinho is very good at this, and that’s how he helps his players improve. Now I will discuss José Mourinho’s characteristics that make him a good sports leader. Good Appearance – A good sports leader must present himself well, otherwise an athlete will not look up to him as a model. If a...
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