Whether you are starting out or a veteran in sports leadership, the most critical components of leadership are covered in these articles.

Captain and Athlete Leadership Explored

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete AssessmentsBeing a team captain means having an important leadership role in the team. Often, teams have more than the standard captain and vice-captain duo, with a senior group of leaders appointed to steer the team from within. It is no surprise that research into sport teams’ success emphasizes the importance of the role of Team Captain. […]

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Leadership Development and Coaches

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments At the recent 2009 Evolution of the Athlete Conference in Brisbane Australia, Athlete Assessments conducted a survey of participant coaches from Australia and New Zealand.   This article highlights the results of two important questions within the survey – one on leadership development and one on access to mentors. The results are alarming: […]

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Leadership Research: Why People Follow Leaders

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments You are a Leader only if others follow After reading ‘How Full is Your Bucket’ by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton PhD, I read another of Rath’s books titled ‘Strengths Based Leadership’. An important chapter of this book is all about [...]

A Coach’s Role is Critical

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete AssessmentsA coach’s role is critical in the context of our society. What I want to share with you in this article is my philosophy on the role of sport and the significant contribution coaches make. This is particularly important for your sport and every sport. My belief, is sport is a medium to teach lessons to our athletes (particularly the young ones). Lessons about life. These lessons learnt in sport can and should be transferred to other areas of our lives so we can all become more effective and meaningful contributors to society. Sport can expand on the quality of the lessons. So the role of the coach is to help their athletes learn these lessons about life. Each coach may teach a slightly different lesson. We do not all have to teach the same lessons, just as long as our athletes are learning. […]

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Why Professional Athletes Are Great Leaders

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete AssessmentsProfessional athletes can have a bad reputation, with stories of out of control behavior often seen in the media.  This front-page drama, which the media in all facets of “news” reporting like to focus on, can often overshadow great athletic performances and important good news stories.  As such it is easy to forget the important contribution athletes consistently make to society. […]

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Sport Management Leadership and Coaching

“You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach” Recently we saw a great article in the Harvard Business Review Blog Network by Monique Valcour, titled “You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach”. We thought it would be useful to discuss how this topic can be adapted for [...]

The 0.1% Difference in Sport

 Video Presentation by Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Coaching Consultant To win or not, at the elite level of sport comes down to fractions of fractions.  We are competing in an environment where every minute improvement counts.  In this video Bo Hanson talks about the 0.1% difference in sport, and how all results in elite [...]

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Building Personal and Performance Character in Sport

By Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Coaching Consultant In elite sport, leveraging the 0.1% improvements in your team is not only important, it's essential. At the Performing Stage of Team Development, the concept of building character is an important one. Our model for doing this is driven through behavior and underpinned by DISC. It's about athletes being the [...]

Play Like A Champion

Recapping Athlete Leadership and Coaching Resilience at the National Sports Leadership Conference By Kate Roskvist and Robert Dobson Here's two statistics you're sure to be interested in. 98% of coaches surveyed believe that having an effective team captain positively impacts their teams’ winning percentage. No surprise there. But what may surprise you is that the same research [...]

Student-Athlete Leadership: Leading the Leaders

By Liz Hanson, Client Director at Athlete Assessments A unique way of developing both life skills and leadership skills in student-athletes The University of Wisconsin – Madison intertwine two key athlete development programs for multiple benefits. Led by Kelli Richards and Bridget Woodruff, they say the outcomes are exceptional in assisting first year student-athletes transition well into college life while simultaneously developing leadership skills in their older student-athletes. […]

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