WEST COAST HAWKS
Thankyou to Wirrulla as Grand final host
By Peter Schwab
Director of Coaching
AFL Game Development
John Maxwell in his book the 360 degree leader looks at common misconceptions about leadership or as he states leadership myths.
People aspiring to a leadership position can often have a misconception about being a leader and what is required or what circumstances are needed so they can lead. Being a leader is not a position but a way of behaving which creates an environment where people feel connected, committed and valued.
My old Hawthorn coach Allan Jeans use to say, "you don’t need to respect me, but respect the position I hold within the Club."
In truth I never quite agreed with that statement. Yes I respected the position of coach of Hawthorn, but if Allan was going to be the coach I needed to respect him, and to respect him he would need to be judged by his actions.
It was clear straight away Allan was a man to respect and a leader to admire.
Another friend clarified the definition for leadership for me when she said, "Substitute the word friend for leader and friendship for leadership and you can grasp the concept better."
It just needs you to consider the attributes and behaviours you expect from a friend and that leads you to friendship. So what are the attributes and behaviours you expect of a leader and you then understand leadership a bit better.
But what are some of the excuses or as Maxwell would say the myths of leadership.
So here’s a checklist for you: