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Ultimately, the performance of all successful sports organizations, coaches, teams and players can be traced to the unifying force of leadership greatness. For over three decades, Jim Meier, the Championship Thinking Coach, has studied, taught, coached and applied consulting services directed to the development of sports leaders that win on and off fields, courts, courses, and other arenas of play. His professional leadership training is grounded by having learned from and partnered with the best.

A leader is someone that others follow. Period! From this simple truth Jim provides an integrating and practical approach to developing leaders others want to follow. This is achieved using proven leadership principles, concepts, assessment tools, techniques and frameworks that are delivered in relevant sports language and current to changing realities.

These topic areas can be delivered in one or more of these forms of service: assessment, consulting, coaching, training or presentations.

Sports Leaders We Need for Today’s Reality

The athlete, coaches and staff of today’s world are significantly different that of four, three, two, even one decade ago. This is due to a number of factors, especially the culture of their times, changing dynamics of parental, sibling and friendship role models and the explosion of easily accessible information. In short, the reasons they follow and what motivates them is different. Athletic organization leaders including the coach as leader will be much more successful by understanding and adapting to these “follower” (players and staff).

Let Great Voices Speak!

This inspiring talk makes The Leadership Diamond™’ model-Reality, Vision, Ethics and Courage come alive. Characteristics of leadership greatness are heard from in these three categories of Great Voices:

  1. Those in world history from various cultures, generations and professions including sports
  2. Those that are All-Stars in your personal history book
  3. Your own great voice

In all, over 25 voices from ancient and more recent history as well as contemporary leaders are quoted.

Ethical Decision Making Styles in Sports

In essences, ethics in sports is the rules of conduct followed by an individual player, team, coach and athletic organization. It is the guiding body of moral principles and values which are expressed in action or lack of action based on a decision making process. The four ethical decision making styles, Individualism, Idealism, Pragmatism and Altruism are taught including the thinking process underlying these styles and the tugs and pulls they naturally create in the context of recruiting, balancing student/athlete issues, practices, conditioning, performance enhancement products and the rules and guidelines of the sport.

Sources and Use of Power in Sports

Power in sports comes in various packages: Core among these are positional, personal, knowledge, task and relationship power. How to develop and effectively use these sources of power is the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary outcomes as an athlete, coach and member of a sports organization. How to genuinely acquire and use vs. misuse, abuse and overuse of power is acorneston of this theme.

The Situational Leadership Model in Sports

Effective leadership in sports requires knowing how to use the right approach for assisting players, coaches and support staff based upon their level of skills and motivation. This practical model teaches the four core styles of leadership and the criteria for knowing which to use based upon specific realities and those being lead.

The Five Components of Excellence in Sports

In order to perform at a level of excellence in sports, one must have five components working for them in tandem:

  1. Information
  2. Motivation
  3. Proper equipment
  4. Fitness
  5. Skills.
This easy to grasp model includes details underlying each component. Also, the model is an excellent assessment tool for self improvement and to help a leader determine why a follower(s) did not perform.

Guess What! You Can Change the Behavior or Performance of Others

Conventional wisdom tells us that short of outright threat, force and coercion you cannot motivate another person to act. Actually you can. Material covered in this topic provides the road map for how to do so. Put simply, people behave in ways that give them positive reinforcement. Behaviors that give positively reinforce will be repeated, those that don’t won’t. Once you learn, really learn, how positive reinforcement works, you’ll bring out the best in those within your world of sports.

Qualities of a Championship Coach

Understanding and using the “playbook” for successful coaching is extremely rewarding. The coached team and players win, the organization/institution wins, and so does the coach. Included in this road map for coaching like a champion are 1) the seven primary responsibilities, 2) the ten building blocks for creating a healthy and positive relationship and, 3)the ten guidelines of an effective coaching process.

The Leadership Diamond™

The Leadership Diamond™* represents four different ways of being intelligent as coach, player, manager or administrator. These are: Reality, Vision, Ethics and Courage. The diamond provides a clear way for understanding the full depth and breath of leadership. Greatness is the expression of breadth while depth is uncovered through four distinct layers: pragmatic, social, psychological and philosophical.