Good Coach . . . Bad Coach

Some of my favorite people are sports coaches.  Few people have more influence in the lives of others than coaches do.

As a kid, I was shaped by the men who led the teams I belonged to.  Some were more positive than others.

My favorite coach was actually my high school tennis coach, who was a woman.  She had more grit than all of the rest of my coaches combined.  She constantly encouraged me and taught me what it meant to be a winner.

But some of my coaches were profane, some overweight, and some struggled with addictions.

For the most part, though, the majority of them were my heroes.  They taught me to love competition, the value of teamwork, and what it meant to be a leader.

This summer, while in China, I met another coach.  He was a local high school track coach.  One morning while I was running, I had a chance to watch him work out his athletes.

Having personally seen thousands of high school practices, it was obvious this coach was not one of the positive ones.  His workout was unorganized.  His attention to detail was lacking.  And to top it all off, he was smoking a cigarette in front of his athletes.

I don’t mean to judge anyone, but there is just something plain wrong about a track coach smoking in front of his runners, while trying to encourage them to develop their lung capacity.

I left the track that day disappointed in a man I didn’t even know.  Why?  Because he was squandering his influence.

Sadly, it happens.  Leaders sometimes forget their influence is linked to their integrity.

You might not be a coach.  But you are an influencer.  I hope your walk matches your talk.

If there is a place in your leadership where you are not modeling what you should be, today is a great day to make some changes. Others are depending on your example.

 

 

i2i,

Randy

 

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Tommy

9 years ago

Randy,
I’m really surprised you didn’t know that cigarette smoking actually increases your lung capacity before playing basketball or going on a run. At least that’s one explanation we get!

Randy

9 years ago

Only in China!

reevespadre

9 years ago

It occurred to me this weekend to ask myself if I am inspiring people with my actions and if not why am I acting in this manner

Randy

9 years ago

Great question Doc!

KKW

9 years ago

Thank you for being a good, no GREAT coach, who inspired me not only to use my influence well, but to use it to honor God! You blessed me, Coach Gravitt!

Randy

9 years ago

Thanks Hatchet! I loved being your coach.

Luke Ayers

9 years ago

I used to not care what people think about me, but when it comes to leadership I have to.
time to step it up

Randy

9 years ago

good thought Luke!

susan barber

9 years ago

Good reminder, RG.
Thanks!

Randy

9 years ago

Thanks Susan!

BabyRuth

9 years ago

Amazing blog! Wow what a great title!
Where did you come up with that spark of genius?

Randy

9 years ago

From my genius guest title creator!

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