I read a recent article about Gordon Tietjens  which included some reflections about his inspirational leadership.

When he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame a couple of years ago it was said that his coaching record was without peer in the game of Sevens and perhaps in the game of rugby as a whole. 

One of the underpinning reasons for Tietjens’ success is his ability to spot talented players.  He puts these players through rigorous training schedules, mentors and guides them and then unleashes them onto the world stage with devastating impact.  A large number of players have gone onto become All Blacks in the 15 man game.  

Leaders are critical across many areas of sporting organisations.  How many times have we heard people say that we don’t know who our next President, Chairperson or even team captain will come from?  Despite sometimes thinking it, we can’t rely on people holding a position for a lifetime, or at least long enough for us not to be asked!

People are our greatest resource yet it would seem, unlike Gordon Tietjens, we sometimes find it difficult to identify their talent, see their potential or even ask them if they would step forward and become a leader.  

As the off season begins for winter codes and the summer sports season begins, never consider it too late to prepare for the future success of your sporting organisations by identifying and developing leaders.

Like we look to plan for the future with a vision statement and some lofty goals never forget that we need quality people to drive these, not only now but in the future.  A plan as to how potential leaders can be identified should be a must if the future of sport is to be protected from an ever growing list of challenges.  

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