Leadership and management
People, Culture, Direction, Vision, Influence, Structure, Objectives, Skills
Successful leadership and management of the modern community sports organisation require delivery against sporting and social objectives while ensuring the financial sustainability of the organisation. Leaders and managers need a distinct set of skills to thrive in this context where clubs are operating in a competitive and changing environment.
Too many bodies are relying on the same people to do too much and are therefore putting too much pressure on too few people. At the same time, too few sports providers make any concerted efforts to assess what skills they require and how to make themselves attractive to skilled and dedicated volunteers who can make a real difference. Hence, why the myth ‘you can’t get volunteers these days’ becomes the accepted truism.
At the same time, we experience many well-run providers with a good structure, innovation, communication and motivation in place successfully recruiting and retaining skilled and passionate volunteers.
Many of the community sports that we have been so fortunate to meet, tell us how much they benefit from applying a ‘making it happen’ approach They keep doing new things, learn from them, warts and all, improve, get the courage to try other new initiatives and...
Over the eight years I have been working with clubs and other community sports providers I have to come to realise that leadership is the key factor in their successful development and growth, and dare I say it: survival.At our Grow Your Club workshops I often hear...