Losers of Hope
While watching selected matches of the world cup the idea of this buzz crossed my mind. Watching head coaches and how they perform their job during the games. Some head coaches were nervous, restless and with angry faces and screaming mouths. Other coaches were sitting on their chairs just observing the progress of the matches. Others showed confidence and clapped their hands when their team fell a goal behind. They kept the players motivated, hopeful and at the same time they made the right substitutions at the right time and managed to help the team win eventually.
The head coach of a soccer team role falls outside the playing yard as he isn’t involved directly in the game. His role starts from observing the opponents and analyzing their players, tactics, players’ individual performance individually and collectively and identifying their strength and weaknesses. Not only their strength and weaknesses during training, but also while playing in front of the audience on the stadiums and their ability to face playing in front of the watchful eyes and cameras. The coach realizes that players are like organs in the human body and these organs must work together for the body to remain healthy. The defense players, the midfield players and the frontline players are the levels of the team that need to synchronize their efforts so that the team may rise to higher levels of performance.
The playing conditions vary. If a team is the unlucky loser of a previous game and playing a new game with one option to win it are different than a team knowing that losing shall not affect its reaching the next stage of the competition. Here the coach of the losing team need to analyze a more complex situation and need to motivate and engage with the players to boost their morale and keep self-confidence and hope before he may implant the same in his players. Many head coaches become angry and make the players feel the same. It is during these difficult times that the head coach and his team need to reconsider their training schemes, dealing with players, game strategy and improve the selection of the playing team. In complex situation the past is not extensible to the future and the past great performance of some players may not be extensible to the future.
Will the head coach make a rigid plan regardless of how the game progresses, or a more flexible plan that evolves with the progress of the game? Once the players are on the field the role of the head coach changes as it is time for making instant decisions. It is the time to keep the players hopeful, motivated and should they face any setback during the game he is the one who should appear confident so that the players may stay positive, determined and not losers of hope and eventually losers of the game.
The head coach may apply a strict positioning policy of the players and that each player must “follow” the rules. Other coaches may allow the team to have more self-organizing freedom. How can a coach adhere to a rigid playing plan regardless of the progress of the game? How come many head coaches insisted on “fixing” pre-determined players and not try new and motivated players when the confidence-failing players are not playing to their expected capacity? Can a coach afford to have a fixed playing plan in a varied climate of the game?
Leaders are head coach of the team members. They need to do carefully select the players (team members) and organize them in a way to defend the organization and to reach the goal with the hope of scoring success. Leaders need to realize that during the play and facing circumstances that they aren’t the players; more they are the boosters of the players enhancing their motivation capacity and filling them with hope that by having setbacks they remain self-organized and self-confident that they shall eventually score success. The quality of great leaders is like those qualities of a great soccer coach. A great leader is never a loser of hope.