Following on from requests at the last Performance Psychology for Coaches Workshop, this workshop will be geared towards giving sports coaches the tools to enhance players confidence through understanding of confidence; ways to build confidence; anxiety and stress control; and information on leadership theory.
Leadership: Are you bringing out the best in others?
I had the privledge of sharing my knowledge of psychology with the swim coordinators and swim teachers at Edinburgh Leisure. I covered the topics of leadership, motivation and communication in a three hour workshop at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.
When reflecting on a Good Leader, the participants came up with qualities in line with the research and also, were able to recall the memories of being around a positive leader.
A good leader:
Gives praise and encouragement
Listens and doesn't interrupt
Gives people responsibility
Helps with goals
Enjoys what they do
Gives you time and listens
Organised and prepared
You have trust in them to stand up for you
So what does the person who makes you feel the worst? Who de-motivates you or makes you feel bad?
So are you a good leader or a bad?
A lot of being a good leader comes down to communication. We can tell a lot about a persons feelings from their non verbal body language. In fact, it's supposed to tell you more than words itself. Being a good leader is someone who is intuitive and can pick up non-verbal cues.
Sunday in Brasilia. We got up and the guys had laid out a yummy breakfast and we ate together before going to the best part if Brasilia. Parque De Cidade. This park is actually the largest urban park in the world with 4.2 million m2 and was buzzing on this Sunday morning with so many people being active. We power walked and at times stopped and kicked the ball around. Awh I've missed having someone eager for football around. That was Carlos. Not Zusanna as she waited patiently for us to run out of tricks and moves haha.
We watched Capoeria and I was so impressed. The way they move so quick, their agility, their strength to hold them self up, their ability to be creative in their movement, their intuition and also the sense of community. One person could be fighting/dancing in one instance and then in the next, playing an instrument and singing. Capaoeria was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. The word capoeira probably comes from the Tupi language, referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where the game was played. It was invented by slaves and disguised as a dance in order to prevent its capoeiristas from punishment or execution for learning how to fight and defend themselves, which was forbidden to those who were legally defined as property
Please take a look at the video to see how amazing it really is. They make it look so easy and I bet it's super hard. My next step will to be to try it.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.