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Managing Multi-Disciplinary Teams

Developed with Simon Padley, this series on leading teams concludes by exploring the importance of effective leadership and communication with other members of your coaching team

One of the challenges for a leader is how to manage other leaders within your group. By nature, other leaders will have similarly aspirations to you and will have ideas and creative thoughts about how to run things and the changes they may feel would help the team to be more productive or effective.

Within sport, coaches can often have a team of other coaches and/or support staff who are all working towards collaborative goals, but that have significantly different roles. For example, you may have other leaders specifically looking at physical preparation, performance analysis, injury and rehabilitation or other aspects of management including logistics, media and financial resource.

There can be occasions where a leader’s primary purpose can conflict with another. Consider for instance the challenge of physically preparing a team; the physical preparation team may want to be reducing (or increasing load); the coaches may want more time and opportunity to develop the individuals’ technical skills and tactical understanding and the medical team may be concerned about individuals returning to training and whether they are ready for competition. In this simple scenario, we have three crucial requirements with different needs and priorities at any given moment.

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