By Louise Deeley (United Kingdom)

Depending on your interests, names like Jose Mourinio and Sir Alex Ferguson (football), Dave Brailsford (cycling), and Andy Flower (cricket) are recognised names in their field as not only being outstanding coaches, but outstanding leaders too, responsible for developing, nurturing and challenging people to consistently produce outstanding performance and results in one of the world’s most competitive areas – Sport.

In the UK particularly, unless you’ve been hidden away with no access to the media, you’ll have seen some of the greatest sporting achievements on the planet in recent times: Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, European dominance in the Ryder Cup, Chris Froome being crowned winner of the Tour de France, English cricket back challenging the Aussies and of course, the great success of the London 2012 Olympic Games, with teams such as British Cycling, GB Rowing, UK Athletics and British Equestrian Federation all thrilling us with their expertise and medal winning performances.

Leading a successful team

Success doesn’t just happen overnight (despite what the X Factor talent show might suggest!). It doesn’t just happen without hard work and dedication. And it definitely doesn’t just happen in a vacuum.

Source: iCN Issue 5 (Leadership Coaching); pages 21-23

About Louise Deeley

Louise is a leading GB Sports Psychologist, working with teams and individuals in elite sport, and a coach educator in both sport and business.

She is the founder of Inside Performance™ Consulting, a successful Performance Coach, Supervisor, BASES Accredited Sport Psychologist, BPS Chartered Psychologist and NLP Trainer and Consultant.