Respect is vital if you are to be a successful coach. In fact, according to the Fun Integration Theory, treating players with respect is the second most important determinant of an enjoyable sporting experience. And it goes both ways. Players respecting you as a coach is crucial to getting your messages through.
We have discussed many times the importance of strong relationships between players and coaches. And considering mutual respect is critical to any relationship, without it our ability to coach crumbles. For example, if you do not have the respect of your players, they are unlikely to listen to your feedback, take on your advice, and follow your instructions. Sure, you may be able to get some short-term gains in these areas using intimidation and fear, however, it will not last as you will soon drive your players away.
Today respect must be earned. It’s not a given anymore. Long gone are the days where people respect you simply because of your title. Nowadays, you must continually work to earn and keep the respect of your players. The good news, however, is earning respect is not difficult. It just takes a conscious effort.
“Respect is earned out of your ‘DEEDS’. And, thus ‘It’ decides whether you deserve it or not!’Sandra Shanil
Below is a link to an article that gives you 5 tips to earning your player’s respect. This article is directed at new coaches to a team. But, whether you are new or not, if your players aren’t showing you the respect you believe you deserve, use these tips to adjust your behaviours and start earning the respect you require.
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