Leaving a Legacy

Do you know what you want your coaching legacy to be?

The fact is you will leave a legacy when you stop coaching. The only question is: what will that legacy be?

Don’t wait until it’s too late to decide what kind of legacy you want to leave.

These 3 sets of 3 questions will get you thinking about how you coach, lead and relate. There will be varying degrees to your answers:

1st set of 3 – How You Coach

  1. Do you focus on the outcome of games or the process of development?legendary-north-carolina-basketball-coach-dean-smith-dies
  2. Do you coach the way you were coached or have you found your own style?
  3. Do you prefer teaching players how to play or do you simply teach them how to run plays?

2nd Set of 3 – How You Lead

  1. Do you give your players a voice or lead without discussion?
  2. Do you lead by building players up or by attacking their mistakes?
  3. Do those who play and coach under you have the ability to lead others effectively?

3rd set of 3 – How You Relate

  1. Would you say your current players love you or fear you?
  2. Do you follow your players’ lives outside of basketball?
  3. How often do you hear from your former players?

This self-reflection will help you assess what kind of legacy you are on the road to leaving.  You should be able to answer these questions honestly and thoroughly and determine how they fit the vision of what you want you legacy to be.

If you really want to test how well you are doing, have your coaching staff and players answer the questions anonymously and then reflect on their answers.

Coaches have the ability to make a difference in the lives of those they coach as much as any profession in the world. The difference you make will be significant and permanent and will all depend on what you choose to put into it. Few professions allow you to have an impact on the lives of people who need you as much as ours does, and that goes for any coach, anywhere.

 

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