As a former school teacher I started my coaching journey aspiring to the position of an ‘expert’ coach. Someone who was keen to instruct and impart knowledge to his players. I thought I had, or had to have, all the answers! However, it was only through time and a lot of errors that I recognised the importance of facilitating learning. I didn’t need to be an ‘expert’. The more effective coach was the coach who helped to unlock the potential of others. As coaches we know that helping others to learn can be a hugely rewarding process. Not only do we have the potential to help someone to change their life, but we also get to learn from the process ourselves.
In this latest update Inspiring's Paul Westgate looks at some nuggets of wisdom shared by Leinster Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, (and taken from Doug Lemov's book The Coach's Guide to Teaching) and suggests coaches use them as a checklist against their own coaching methodology and philosophy.
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