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How to: Lead a Team


NBA

Taking your squad to the next level


Successful basketball teams usually have the luxury of solid leadership, which tends to originate from the coaching staff. Beyond coaches however, it is necessary to have players take on leadership roles on a team. A good leader is akin to a coach on the floor, providing both direction and inspiration to his or her teammates, leading them to achieve more than they thought was possible.


Lead by example: Good leaders are not always vocal or outspoken, although they are unlikely to let mental lapses or lackadaisical efforts slide. All leaders, however, lead by example by giving their best. They are usually the first ones in the gym and the last to leave, and they will push themselves the hardest, no matter how hard they push their teammates.


Take responsibility: A leader feels accountable for the successes and failures of his or her team alike, and this is reflected in a strong sense of personal responsibility. As such, they are quick to take the blame for losses although they are glad to share the credit in victory, for a good leader is selfless and always put the team’s interests in front of their own.


Respect: On and off the court, leaders understand the value of respect. They respect the game by giving it their all, they respect their teammates by trusting and appreciating them, and they respect their opponents by never being complacent and playing the same way every game. There is simply no room for big egos or needless showboating within the game. 


Toughness: Every team goes through their ups and downs, and a leader helps the team to deal with adversity. Tough-minded leaders are able to focus despite negative match conditions or poor form, and treat every setback as a learning opportunity. When a team adopts this mindset collectively, they will be able to bounce back from any defeat.