Tennis Development Coach as a Leader

 

I´ve always thought,  that those who are taking responsibility today by preparing for the future improving their behaviors are putting themselves in a position to be successful in their journey.

This includes all of us who have direct relationship with the education, training and certification of tennis teachers and coaches. We have a great responsibility and a deep sense of belonging and legacy. We should work to prepare future generations of professionals, with a better profile, environment, professional ethics, and competitiveness.

Generating greater credibility in the organization and the deepening of collective actions to generate growth in our sport that is based on strategies of union, strengthening and joint actions, is a priority.

In that sense, I´m convinced that we, as tennis coaches, at any level and area of performance, we are very essential in the task. At same time, we are also the weakest link of the tennis chain in terms of structure and recognition.

To prepare for better future, we must identify and address the opportunities facing us. There is no more powerful force that driving a group of people or collective organization towards the goal-success than having a clear and shared vision of the future.

Thanks to a positive and constructive vision we can be more precise about producing the next generations of tennis coaches who will lead our sport to another level, emphasizing that they are in the humanistic trenches of teaching and developing players. We are not mechanics.

Regardless which organization you command, the training of tennis coaches involves certain fundamental professional principles. If we agree that our industry belongs to the sector of entertainment, service, and customer relationships, then our focus should be, on training and developing coaches as true TENNIS DEVELOPMENT  LEADER, beyond teaching methodologies only.

Precisely, creating leaders in tennis development means creating a mental, emotional process that is a model of behavior, attitudes, and efficiency which prepares them to generate more and better service and growth in our sport.

We build bridges with people through tennis. Our business is about building relationships and through them, producing players. This is what leaders do. This is how we create a better future for tennis.

We must learn a lot from the hospitality, service, strategic and marketing industries, to understand that what is important is the journey, not the destination. What´s is essential is the path that each one takes in tennis, regardless of their choice of competing or not.

Leaders understand that they lead from the heart and proceed from the mind, generating strategies to make people fall in love with the sport we love.

Also, each one should be master of motivation and to create self-esteem in others. Real Leaders have that, they believe in you, they believe in themselves, and they awaken your self-confidence and make it bigger.

Based on this perspective, I propose that we prepare leaders for tennis growth in areas such as: Personal development, self-care, professional performance, leadership, technologies applied, communication, negotiation strategies, networking, relationship management, promotion strategies, systematic innovation and creativity, career positions, brand management, business development, financial management, team management, professional ethics, hospitality, environment & ecology and customer service culture and many others. In summary all areas through you will contribute to the tennis world.

Regardless of how old you are, you always have an opportunity to venture beyond your comfort zone to create a larger growth zone. Let´s share the vision to transform ourselves and develop as leaders in tennis development.

In another aspect, tennis coaches should help organizations to create standards of excellence and recognition for our profession. I think in this area we are in deficit. There´s still much to do with consistency.

There are more windows of opportunities. Leadership behaviors are always granular. This is reflected in how we speak, how we act, how we prepare, our style, our tone, our volume, how we connect with people, how we handle emotions and fundamentally how we act based on our vision. Leadership behaviors mark and generate impact. They show who we are, ou values, our beliefs, and our purposes. Let’s show who we are and think for the future with actions that prepares for that better future.

Key tennis people at any level can lead themselves in their processes of self-realization and furthering the development of tennis in very innovative ways.

Let’s build together a path towards a better future should be our commitment.

I wonder where the next tennis leaders are?

We can always be better!!

Best,

Fernando

June 21, 2022

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